Accession Number : AD0739462

Title :   USAF Aircraft Collisions with Birds.

Descriptive Note : Statistical rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 69.

Corporate Author : DIRECTORATE OF AEROSPACE SAFETY NORTON AFB CA

Report Date : 31 DEC 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The document is a statistical report of USAF aircraft damaged by collisions with birds during 1969. There were 338 such occurrences -- 25 fewer than in 1968. Two of these collisions were classified as accidents compared with three accidents the previous year. One, a major accident, proved fatal to the pilot and resulted in loss of a jet trainer. In this case the bird penetrated the windscreen incapacitating the pilot. Windscreen/canopy strikes continue to be the greatest hazard to aircrews -- in three other windscreen penetrations, four pilots received minor injuries. As in previous years a substantial number of birds were ingested by engines. In fact, more than one-third of the strikes involved engines. Many of these engines subsequently required depot-level repair while some strikes dictated mission aborts because of engine shutdown. (Author)

Descriptors :   *HAZARDS, *AVIATION ACCIDENTS, *BIRDS, AIR FORCE, WOUNDS AND INJURIES, PILOTS, INGESTION(ENGINES), IMPACT.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE