Friday, April 24, 2009

After USAir incident, FAA releases data on animal/plane collisions

Remember the fuss to get the USPTO to make issued patents available on the internet? It took the USAir incident to get the FAA to release data on airplane/animal collisions, which showed (among other things):

The data shows that since 2000, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York reported at least 30 accidents where damage was either substantial or the plane was actually destroyed. Sacramento International Airport in California reported at least 28 such accidents.

One can view National Wildlife Strike Database ON-LINE, which was compiled by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ.

The Bradenton Herald noted: Planes struck birds an average of 20 times a year at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport since 1990, but none resulted in human fatalities,


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