Incident at Edmonton, AB


1999-11-22: The crew of WJA 26, a B737, reported hitting two Snow Buntings when landing on Runway 12 at Edmonton. OPI - Aerodrome Safety UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Airport Bird and Wildlife Specialist was aware of these strikes and has confirmed the flock as being migratory Snow Buntings. The site has an on-going Wildlife Control Program that reacted quickly to the appearance of the migratory birds. The site update report is provided below. RECOMMENDATIONS: The site is reasonably aware of the time periods that migratory bird activity is anticipated. During the sites annual review of their bird and wildlife program it is recommended that they should review their response readiness for such migratory events and to consider a more active deterent approach prior to the migratory arrival period. This would provide the site with an opportunity to ensure the maintenance of there response readiness and provide an opportunity to shift the focus of the migratory program further towards encouraging the flocks move on elsewhere without stopping. A flock of migrating snow buntings moved into the area of EIA runways on Friday, 22 Oct 99. The bird/wildlife officer used pyrotechnics, and propane bangers to scare the flock away from the operational areas. The ERS and bird/wildlife officer also proceeded to destroy as many of the flock as possible. These activities were coordinated with the Control Tower and Duty Manager. Fortunately the ERS received enhanced bird/wildlife training by TC in 1998 and now have the capabilities of scaring/destroying birds equal to the bird/wildlife officer. Both the ERS and bird/wildlife officer continued the scaring and destroying activities on Saturday/23 Oct 99 and Sunday/24 Oct 99 to ensure the weekend was covered. Normal Bird/Wildlife Officer activities commenced on Monday. As of today, 29 October 99, the large snow bunting flock has deminished in size and majority have also moved off airport. At this time we are back to normal bird sightings and activities.


CADORS Number 1999C0905
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-10-22 - 17:44
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Edmonton, AB
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Bird

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of BOEING
Model 737 200
Year Built
Engine Type Turbo fan
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number WJA 26
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Landing
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Bird strike

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