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There are many potential hazards in aviation: a hazard is anything which could cause harm, damage or injury, such as bad weather, wires, wildlife and fatigue.

Environmental conditions

Environmental conditions including extreme weather and environmental conditions such as volcanic ash clouds can create hazards for aviation.

Wire strike

Power and telephone wires are an insidious hazard for any pilot who has to fly low for a living.


Aviation safety statistics show that wildlife can pose a significant safety hazard, and that most wildlife strikes happen around the time of take-off or landing.


Fatigue is a major hazard as it affects most aspects of a crew member’s ability to do their job.

Last modified: 23 June 2019