Debris suspected to have fallen to the ground after an aircraft engine failure is surrounded by caution tape near a park Sept. 16, 2004 in Niles, Illinois. Police combed the area on Chicago's northwest side after the engine of the American Airlines passenger jet failed a short time after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, possibly after a bird strike. The aircraft, originally bound for Philadelphia, landed safely at O’Hare.
Wildlife mitigation experts are working with FAA to develop a new basic standard for calculating bird-strike risk at airports that would replace the decades-old measurement of strikes per 10,000 movements. The new standard, revealed publicly Tuesday at Bird Strike Committee USA’s (BSC) annual meeting, would calculate an airport’s average bird mass per strike. This approach, proponents say, would be a better measure of risk for a dangerous strike. Industry ...
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