The amazing story of US Airways Flight 1549 crew that helped safely land its jet into a New York river last month is over-shadowing the continuing danger that birds and planes face everyday: Collision.
Most large aircraft can handle up to a 4 pound bird being sucked through its jet engines. But the ever present Canada geese – the suspected culprits in this crash — weigh an average of 10 lbs. See Time Magazine’s story: The US Airways Crash: A Growing Bird Hazard
By the way, the best animation I’ve seen of the incident, er shredded geese, is this one from Scene Systems out of Manahattan Beach, CA. It includes a terrific showing of what happened as US Airways Airbus 320 hit the birds just after takeoff at LaGuardia Airport. I found this displayed at the Incisivemedia Legal Tech 2009 technology trade show in New York City this week. See: Info on the animation
Much has been written about bird strikes around airports. I thought Alfred J. Godin’s “Birds at airports” was a good overview on the history and prevention attempts.
As much as we love birds at IBRRC, we’re glad that everyone onboard US Airways Flight 1549 made it off alive.