FAA: Hundreds of planes strike birds in Nevada
April 27, 2009
LAKE TAHOE ” The Federal Aviation Administration says hundreds of airplanes collided with birds at Nevada airports between 1990 and 2008, but few of the incidents resulted in substantial damage to aircraft.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas led the way with 244 bird strikes, but only five of those incidents resulted in substantial damage to aircraft.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport followed with 176 strikes and four incidents involving substantial damage.
Elko Municipal Airport reported eight strikes and one involving substantial damage.
In California, Tahoe-Truckee Airport had three strikes and one involving substantial damage while Lake Tahoe Airport reported four strikes and none involving substantial damage.
Release of the data follows January’s ditching in the Hudson River of a U.S. Airways jet after it struck a flock of geese.