Birds Strike USA Planes More Than 40 Times Per Day

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The FAA has released data that finds that birds strike planes traveling throughout the United States more than 40 times per day, causing $1.2 billion in damage annually. US flights were struck by birds more than 14,600 times in 2018 alone.  The Kansas City International Airport had more incidents of birds striking planes in flight than any other airport in the U.S. last year.  Airports in New Haven, CT and Fort Myers, FL also had a high number of bird strikes. More attention to bird strikes and data collection has been given since the “Miracle on The Hudson” when air captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was forced to land a commercial jet on the Hudson River after a goose flew collided with the plane ten years ago. What do you think could be done to reduce the occurrence of bird strikes to flying planes? What’s the scariest situation you’ve ever experienced while flying?