FAA opens up its bird strike database to the public

Friday, April 24, 2009

More than 82,000 birds and mammals collided with civilian aircraft between 1990 and 2007, causing more than $332 million in damage, according the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Wildlife Strike Database, made public for the first time today. And those are just the known incidents—the FAA estimates that only 20 percent of such collisions are ever reported.