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JFK Leads Nation in Bird Strike Damage

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its data on bird strikes and JFK tops the list in terms of planes that were substantially damaged or destroyed through collisions with birds.

At least 30 bird strike accidents occurred at JFK since 2000, followed by Sacramento International Airport in California, with at least 28.

Kennedy, the nation's sixth busiest airport, is located in wetlands, and Sacremento is near farms. The FAA information comes after the agency was publicly pressured to release the data, following the dramatic water landing of a US Airways jet in the Hudson River after bird strikes knocked out both engines. All 155 people on board survived.

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