Bird strikes on planes
Birds and planes don’t mix all that well. A bird flying into a plane can cause some very serious damage to the plane, endangering the lives of those on board. Sadly, it doesn’t do much for the bird either.
While there have been few serious bird strikes on planes in Australia in recent years, they still number in the hundreds of incidents annually. Worldwide the cost is estimated to be over $US3 billion. The article I read about this made no mention of how many birds are killed annually in this way. The toll must be enormous.
The most common bird strikes on planes at the Melbourne Airport are, in order:
- Common Starlings
- Australian Magpies
- Straw-Necked Ibis
Alarmingly, in recent years there have been three incidents involving emus and planes. Presumably these were on the ground during landing or take-off. As yet, I’ve not heard of any flying emus.
- Bird strike at Adelaide Airport – an article I wrote last year on this topic.