2003-04-23: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Calgary Airport Authority has a comprehensive Wildlife Management Program in place. Wildlife Control Staff are on duty from 0600 until 2300 every day of the year. This strike occurred off-site on the approach to Runway 34. The Calgary Airport Authority was not aware of this strike until it was reported the next day through Aerodrome Safety. After receiving the report, Wildlife Control Staff looked for the aircraft to determine the extent of the damage but the a/c had already departed YYC. Staff will contact the City of Calgary, who operate the public golf course where the strike likely occurred, and ensure their wildlife control program is in place for the upcoming season. There will be no birdies at the golf course this year. Calgary Airport Authority staff later contacted the pilot of the Challenger and he added further details to the strike. The strike occurred on the approach to Runway 34, over the Bow River approximately 5 km from the airport at about 1,000 feet AGL travelling 130-135 knots at 21:30 local time on April 15, 2003. It was dark at the time and difficult to see, but the aircraft struck a minimum of two birds which the pilot thought were geese. Damage to the aircraft was a front panel below the pilot's window which was repaired. In addition, the right leading edge was damaged and one of the left wing flaps. The aircraft was scheduled to depart the next day on April 16, but was delayed four days until April 19 before the damage was repaired.
2003-04-16: After leaving customs at Calgary, the pilot of N189K reported to the Ground Controller that when on final for Runway 34, the aircraft struck a couple of geese. The pilot reported that damage was evident.


CADORS Number 2003C0469
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-04-16 - 03:50
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Aerodrome ID CYYC
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Calgary
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 28698
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Bird

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration the United States of America
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of CANADAIR
Model CL600 2B16(604)
Year Built 1990
Engine Type Turbo fan
Engine Model  Silhouette image of CF34-3A1
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage Minor
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Bird strike

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