Bird strikes are a common problem in the aviation industry. Every time a bird collides with an aircraft, a bird strike inspection must be performed to evaluate the hazard. Although bird strikes may occur at any moment, they are more likely during the climb and descent phases of flight, causing potential damage to the aircraft or its engines.
The extent of the damage varies with the speed of the aircraft. In most of the cases, the encounters occur near the ground when aircraft’s speed is at its lowest, which means that the extent of the damage inflicted by bird strikes will increase with altitude.