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Australian Aviation Wildlife Strike Statistics - 2004 to 2013

ATSB-AR-2014-075 Australian Aviation Wildlife Strike Statistics - 2004 to 2013

Each year, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) receives accident and incident
notifications from pilots, airlines, aerodrome personnel, air traffic control and others involved in the
aviation industry. The reporting of these aviation accidents and incidents, collectively termed
occurrences, assists the ATSB in monitoring safety through its core function of independent
investigation and the analysis of data to identify emerging trends.

The Transport Safety Investigation Regulations 2003 provide a list of matters reportable to the
ATSB1. One routine reportable matter has been a collision with an animal, including a bird, for:

- all air transport operations (all bird and animal strikes), and
- aircraft operations other than air transport operations when the strike occurs on a licensed
aerodrome.

In addition to the above, all accidents2 are immediately reportable to the ATSB, and all
occurrences involving injury or difficulty controlling the aircraft (including from a bird or animal
strike) are reportable matters for all operation types.

A significant proportion of all occurrences reported to the ATSB involve aircraft striking wildlife,
especially birds. Wildlife strikes represent an ongoing challenge to the aviation industry. Birds and
other animals are hazards to aviation that will always be present and so need to be managed,
both in terms of reducing the likelihood of a wildlife strike and reducing the consequences of
strikes that occur.

For the purposes of this report, birdstrikes refer to strikes from all flying animals, including bats
and flying foxes, while animal strikes refer to strikes from all flightless animals, including flightless
birds such as emus and cassowaries.

This report provides aviation birdstrike and animal strike occurrence data for the period 1 January
2004 to 31 December 2013. It should be noted that some data may vary when compared with the
previous Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics report from 2002 to 2011 due to ongoing
quality improvements in ATSB data.

The Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics report aims to give industry an insight into the
number, locations, and types of strikes in Australia, and describe characteristics of the common
birds and animals involved, and the consequences of these strikes. This is the third edition of this
report. Chapters 3 to 7 detail birdstrike occurrences, while chapter 8 summarises animal strikes. In
response to increasing industry interest, a new chapter has been added to the report (chapter 9)
which summarises occurrences involving insects.


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