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European Court of Justice decides a bird strike is an 'extraordinary circumstance' and spells out compensation conditions provided for by Regulation (EC) No 261/2004

The case consists whether Article 5(3) of Regulation No 261/2004, read in the light of recital 14 of that regulation, must be interpreted as meaning that a collision between an aircraft and a bird is classified under the concept of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ within the meaning of that provision.  The European Court of Justice decided - in case C‑315/15, on 4 May 2017 – that bird strikes do not constitute grounds for compensation: a collision between an aircraft and a bird, as well as any damage caused by that collision, since they are not intrinsically linked to the operating system of the aircraft, are not by their nature or origin inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned and are outside its actual control. Accordingly, that collision must be classified as ‘extraordinary circumstances’ within the meaning of Article 5(3) of Regulation No 261/2004.

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Maurizio Corain

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