Role of large flocking birds in engine certification is considered

03/14/2011 | (U.K.)

The U.S. and Europe are conducting a comprehensive analysis to determine whether jet engine certification criteria should include a consideration for large flocking birds weighing more than 2.5 pounds each. The birds, which have been blamed for many incidents -- including the ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 -- are considered a growing threat to aircraft, and experts say the growth of populations of large birds is a cause for concern.

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