Bird strikes: How common are they at LAX?

How common are bird strikes at Los Angeles International Airport?

Perhaps more common than you might think. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there were 10 strikes between July 23 and August 27 of this year. Four of those caused aircraft damage. The birds hit included a Brazilian free-tailed bat, a Western gull, American kestrel Sandpipers, curlews, and Great blue heron. (Why are bird strikes so dangerous? Check out this November 2013 article from National Geographic.)

Here were the incidents, which you can find on the FAA’s website. You might want to click on the slide to see it better.

LAX birds

The FAA puts together a fairly detailed report on each of these incidents. Here are the remarks from the August 27 bird strike reported by a United Airlines 737-800:

ID BY SMITHSONIAN. PILOT REPTD BIRDSTRIKE AT 5200 FEET ON APCH TO RWY 25L. PILOT REPTD POSSIBLE DMG. UPON INSPN BY UAL MX/HUB MX COORDINATOR. BIRD REMAINS REMOVED AND CONFIRMED NO DMG. PILOT NOT AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW.

And here are the remarks from the Qantas A380 run-in with the Great blue heron reported on August 10:

PILOT REPTD SEEING & STRIKING BIRD ON ROLLOUT. REMAINS WERE RECOVERED FROM RWY 6R AT TWY AA APPROX 20F T S OF RWY CENTERLINE. WS CONFIRMED ID OF REMAINS. (BIRD REPTD AS PELICAN ON ONE REPT).
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