Author: Gary Searing

Planes four times as likely to hit birds during migrations

Aug 24, 2021 News by Gary Searing
The risk of airplanes colliding with birds jumps by as much as 400% during periods of migration, according to new research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners, who have been looking for patterns in bird-strike data from three New York City-area airports. “Out of all the bird strikes recorded at Kennedy, Newark and […]

Two killed in Durban helicopter crash

May 3, 2021 News by Gary Searing
KZN police have confirmed two people died in a helicopter crash in Durban on Monday morning. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a helicopter crashed on the M19, near the N2 freeway, at around 8.15am. “It is alleged that the plane crashed on the island in the Umgeni River. Two pilots, believed to be in […]

Flight Safety Investigation Report for Kamloops Snowbirds accident

Mar 29, 2021 News by Gary Searing
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s Directorate of Flight Safety, as the Airworthiness Investigative Authority for the Canadian Armed Forces, has concluded its investigation into an accident involving a CT-114 Tutor aircraft of 431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron on May 17, 2020 in the vicinity of Kamloops, British Columbia that claimed the life of Captain Jenn Casey […]

British Airways Boeing 777-300ER Suffers Bird Strikes In Nigeria

Jan 3, 2021 News by Gary Searing
Last week, a British Airways Boeing 777-300ER experienced a bird strike while landing in Lagos, Nigeria. The multiple impacts led to issues such as a hydraulic leak, causing smoke to emanate from the aircraft’s landing gear. However, the response from emergency services was said to have been rather slow. British Airways flight BA75 is a […]

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Damaged After Bird Strikes

Jan 3, 2021 News by Gary Searing
Today, a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 freighter struck a flock of birds during takeoff at Istanbul, Turkey. The plane was heading to Almaty, Kazakhstan when the incident happened. According to, the aircraft involved in the incident holds registration TC-LJN and was operating flight TK6220, which was a cargo service. Following the strike, the crew entered […]

Serene B738 at Islamabad on Dec 24th 2020, cracking bird strike

Dec 24, 2020 News by Gary Searing
A Serene Air Boeing 737-800, registration AP-BNC performing flight ER-500 from Karachi to Islamabad (Pakistan), was on final approach to new Islamabad Airport’s runway 28L when a bird impacted and cracked the right hand windshield of the cockpit. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 28L and taxied the aircraft to the apron. […]

PLAAF Fighter Jet Crashes After Bird Strike, Pilot Ejected Safely

Oct 5, 2020 News by Gary Searing
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force fighter jet encountered a bird strike upon takeoff. On Oct. 5, the People’s Liberation Army Daily reported that pilot Wang Jiandong relayed encountering a bird strike shortly after takeoff. The engine’s in-flight shutdown warning immediately began flashing, and the display screen went black. After five seconds, emergency backup power […]