Airport officials were reminded once again of the dangers posed by wildlife around airports when a bird strike forced US Airways Flight 1549 to ditch in New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15. While wildlife strikes are rare measured against the total number of airline flights, they can be hazardous and costly. According to statistics provided by Airports Council International-North America, in 2007 an estimated 9,700 strikes occurred on the continent, of which 97% involved birds. Most happen at ...

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