Bald Eagles and Bird Strikes
On September 22, 1995, a fully loaded USAF E-3B AWACS (military version of the Boeing 707) departed Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska on a training flight. The tower air traffic controller observed a flock of geese near the runway but failed to notify the aircrew. At the point of lift-off the aircraft struck at least 31 birds resulting in loss of power from the two left engines. Out of control, the aircraft rolled left and crashed with the loss of all 24 crew. Investigators faulted ATC for not warning the crew, and the crew for lack of concern with a moderate bird-watch condition in effect. In addition, flying operations personnel were blamed for not instituting an aggressive bird management program recommended two months previously when dangers posed by the resident Canada goose population were identified.