Environmental Assessment: Bird Strike Risk Reduction at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
FLYING TRAINING WING ( 47TH) LAUGHLIN AFB TX
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Aircraftwildlife strikes 1 are the second leading causes of aviation-related fatalities. Globally, these strikes have killed more than 400 people and destroyed more than 420 aircraft. While these events are rare when compared to the millions of aircraft operations, the potential for catastrophic loss of human life and property resulting from one incident is substantial. Depending on the force of the impact, the strike may damage or even destroy components of the aircraft, or injure or kill people in the aircraft. High speed modem jet engine aircraft produce enormous amounts of energy and speed, and a wildlife strike may cause substantial damage2 or even a total catastrophic failure to the aircraft . Flocks of birds are especially dangerous when in an airport proper, and can lead to multiple strikes and damage within seconds. Depending on the damage, aircraft at low altitudes or during take off and landing often cannot recover in time and crash. The risk that wildlife poses to aircraft is well documented with Orville Wright first reporting a bird strike in 1905. The first recorded bird strike fatality was reported on April 3, 1912, at Long Beach, California when aero-pioneer Cal Rodgers collided with a gull Larus spp.. The impact broke a guy wire which jammed the aircraft controls of his model EX Wright Pusher airplane. He crashed, was pinned under the wreckage and drowned.
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