US National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that the birds ingested in the CFM56-5B/P engines of the US Airways A320 that successfully ditched in the Hudson River on Jan. 15 were Canada geese (ATWOnline, Jan. 22). Identification was made by the Smithsonian Institution's Feather Identification Laboratory. NTSB said that "while no determination has been made about how many birds the aircraft struck or how many were ingested into the engines, an adult Canada Goose typically ranges in size ...

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