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My flight was disrupted by a bird strike: am I entitled to compensation?

The European Court of Justice declares that a bird strike is an exceptional circumstance

A bird strike (a bird colliding with an aircraft) in itself is deemed to be an “Exceptional Circumstance” for the purpose of Article 5(3) of the European Regulation 261/2004 (“EU261”). See C-315/15 Marcela Pešková and Jirí Pešká v Travel Service a.s.

An airline seeking to absolve its liability under EU261 by reason of a bird strike must prove that it did all that it could to reduce the impact of the bird strike on subsequent delay or cancellation.

Tip! An airline can’t deny you compensation for disruption if the bird strike occurred on an earlier flight - click here to see our previous article on Rotational Delays for further information.

Contact us now or start a claim to find out whether the airline incorrectly relied on a bird strike to deny your compensation!

30 April 2019

Written by Frédéric PELOUZE, Weclaim Founder and Director

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