Incident at Norman Wells, NT


1999-07-08: CF-WHP, a Cessna 337, was on approach to Runway 27 at Norman Wells when the pilot reported hitting a Sandhill Crane. There was no reported damage to the a/c. OPI - Aerodrome Safety UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that a review of this birdstrike revealed the following information: Many small grasshoppers are in the grass along the runway, which is quite long due to considerable rain this year. Sandhill cranes, ravens, robins and numerous other varieties of grub-eatting birds are in the grass eating the grasshoppers. The operator is cutting the grass to deter birds from feeding in this area, and the grass cutting also has the effect of killing a great number of grasshoppers. Grass cutting is still in progress but is made difficult by the continuing wet weather. Scare tactics are being employed with little success. As a result, three cranes have been shot and more will be shot as required to discourage their presence. A voice advisory is in effect. The airport operator will contact the Aerodrome Safety wildlife control specialist in Ottawa to determine what further actions can be taken. The operator appears to be acting diligently to deter the birds. Regardless of his activities, the grasshoppers are expected to be gone in two weeks or less. In summary, the airport operator is working diligently on eliminating the food source which is attracting the birds, is attempting to discourage the birds from attending the airport, and has issued a voice advisory to alert pilots of the hazard.


CADORS Number 1999C0525
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-07-02 - 07:11
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Norman Wells, NT
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TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Bird

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FWHP | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model 337C
Year Built 1968
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Bird strike

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