NYC splash landing puts focus on bird strikes

Though planes have struck birds nearly 500 times this decade, according to the FAA, Thursday's incident in New York was extremely rare because it appears that geese struck and destroyed both engines at once. The engines on the Airbus A320 were built to sustain an impact from a five-pound bird, but some geese can weigh four times that much. "You can't build engines to handle that because they would weigh so much that the plane would never get off the ground," says former NTSB investigator Greg Feith, who compares a large bird strike to "throwing bowling balls into engines."

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