The event of an airborne animal (usually a bird or a bat) reaching an airplane in flight is known as a bird strike. It is known by a few other titles as well, like a bird hit, bird ingestion or BASH (for Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard).

The Most Insecure Stage of Flight

Although it’s correct, there is no way you can be absolutely sure of avoiding a bird strike (unless you are travelling in a world where there are no aerial animals, which currently is unknown). Bird strikes usually happen when an airplane is travelling at low altitudes. Therefore, the best favorable conditions for a bird strike are during take-offs or landings (or various other phases) of the airplane. The reason for this is obvious; most birds fly at low altitudes, to there is a higher chance of reaching an airborne machine.

What happens when a bird strikes a plane?

Bird Strike Committee USA, an “aviation wildlife hazard management community” determines that a 5.4kg Canadian goose reaching an airplane going 150mph (241kph) produces the comparative power of 454kg dropped from a height of three meters.

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As well as the size of the bird, the severity of the collision can rely on where it strikes the airplane.

If it gets sucked into an engine, that engine will certainly close down. Planes are able to fly on a single engine and slide if both are less competent. Based on the skill of the pilot, he or she should be able to put the airplane down somewhere securely – although the ride will be incredibly unpleasant for the travelers.