THE FIRST RECORDED INFLIGHT COLLISION INVOLVING A powered aircraft and a bird is believed to have occurred not too long after the first powered flight. In September 1905, Orville Wright was chasing a flock of birds when he struck one. He landed safely but the encounter was fatal for the bird. The incident, recounted in the Wright Brothers' diaries, began a dangerous relationship that continues to this day, having claimed many hundreds of human lives and countless thousands of birds. That ...

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