Bird strikes up a third at New York City's major airports

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Source: Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

Uptick in strikes has happened while the total number of flights has fallen off by a few thousand since 2009 at Kennedy and Newark airports

Collisions between birds and airplanes have risen 31 percent at the New York City area's major airports in the past two years, according to federal government statistics. Despite calls for improved wildlife management after a bird strike caused the "Miracle on the Hudson" water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in 2009, collisions have climbed nearly 40 percent at Kennedy Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's Wildlife Strike Database.

Strikes have increased more than 32 percent at LaGuardia Airport and 16 percent at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, according to the database, which tracks reports of collisions between wildlife and planes, most of which involve birds. Overall, wildlife strikes at New York's three major airports totalled 380 between April 1, 2009, and April 1, 2010, and airplanes had 499 collisions with wildlife between April 1, 2011, and April 1 of this year, statistics show.