Category: News

South Korean KF-16 crash caused by bird strike

Nov 21, 2022 News by Gary Searing
The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) said that the crash of a KF-16 on June 8, 2021, was caused by a bird strike. On June 8, 2021, a ROKAF pilot was forced to eject from his KF-16 fighter during a takeoff run. The incident took place at Seosan Air Base (HMY) in western South […]

In-flight break-up involving a Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, registered VH-ZMF, near Maroota, NSW, on 9 July 2022

Oct 6, 2022 News by Gary Searing
This preliminary report details factual information established in the investigation’s early evidence collection phase, and has been prepared to provide timely information to the industry and public. Preliminary reports contain no analysis or findings, which will be detailed in the investigation’s final report. The information contained in this preliminary report is released in accordance with […]

Large Australian Bustard likely behind fatal spraying crash

Sep 19, 2022 News by Gary Searing
An ATSB investigation into the fatal crash of a spraying aircraft has found evidence that a large Australian bustard smashed through the cockpit window in the lead-up to the accident. An unidentified man in his 30s died in September when his Air Tractor AT-502B hit the ground near Chinchilla on Queensland’s Western Downs. It comes […]

New atlas of bird migration shows extraordinary journeys

Sep 15, 2022 News by Gary Searing
A bay-breasted warbler weighs about the same as four pennies, but twice a year makes an extraordinary journey. The tiny songbird flies nearly 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) between Canada’s spruce forests and its wintering grounds in northern South America. “Migratory birds are these little globetrotters,” said Jill Deppe, the senior director of the migratory bird […]

Going to the Birds to Prevent Hazardous Strikes

Sep 3, 2022 News by Gary Searing
Promising research suggests UV lights mounted on helicopters and planes drive birds away from aircraft…and danger. The FAA is researching new and potentially game-changing technology that significantly reduces the chances of birds striking general aviation aircraft. The technology inverts the customary approach to bird hazards, namely how pilots can avoid or maneuver around birds. The […]