Bird strike hazards to civilian and military aircraft on YouTube
September 12, 2007
An important practical application of COI barcoding is identifying bird strike specimens. Knowledge of the species involved enables targeted programs to reduce their presence near airfields and is used by engineers to improve aircraft design. As the examples below illustrate, birdstrikes may cause serious damage.
This video taken by Simon Lowe shows a birdstrike (see slow-motion of engine ingesting bird!) that disabled a Boeing 757 on takeoff from Manchester Airport, England, in April 2007. The pilots were able to shut down the engine and land safely.
Taken in May 2004, this video shows a single-engine C-155 Hawk fighter jet disabled by a birdstrike shortly after takeoff from Moose Jaw Air Force Base, Saskatchewan, Canada. The pilots ejected; the aircraft was destroyed (accident photo and report).