Thursday, April 26, 2012

Add Another Worry To Flying: Bird Strikes


When birds and planes collide, usually the plane wins. However, a flock of Canada Geese can present a real threat. Just ask Captain "Sully" Sullenberger.

We spotted an article in USA Today claiming that "Reports of strikes in the U.S. shot up after the "Miracle on the Hudson" in January 2009, when US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed his jet on the river after birds crippled the plane after it took off from New York's LaGuardia."

And just recently Vice-President Biden's Air Force Two landed safely after a strike.

The article goes on to state that "Better reporting partly explains the increase. But an FAA report in February said strikes have risen over 20 years because birds have become more plentiful in cities, the number of flights has grown, and planes are quieter with fewer engines.".

You can read the entire article here.

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