Irish rabbits posing a hazard to aviation

Irish rabbits posing a hazard to aviation

Nov 23, 2019 News by Gary Searing

Rabbits at Ireland’s Dublin Airport are being sucked up by plane engines as jets taxi down runways, according to the Irish Post.

So far this year, 11 bunnies have reportedly been “ingested” by motors while authorities have managed to relocate another 44 rabbits that were in harm’s way. Neither Irish aviation officials nor the rabbits have found the situation lucky. Hare clogs reportedly pose a greater threat to airline travelers than “bird strikes,” which are more common, but less messy.

According to the Times, splattered rabbits spread more clutter in the propellers and engine cowlings than fowl. Rabbit meat also attracts scavenging birds which means double-trouble for propellers and pilots. The Dublin Airport Authority reports 43 birds have been sucked into plane engines in 2019. In 2018, airline officials recorded 102 instances of “engine ingestions.”

Authorities have utilized flare guns and netting to keep rabbits away from runways. Hares that are caught are released into the wild under the supervision of National Parks and Wildlife Services, the report said. “All wildlife in the vicinity of the airport has to be proactively managed to minimize the risk to aviation,” a Dublin Airport Authority official told the Times.