Fencing, artificial turf eyed to prevent bird strikes in N.J.

08/19/2009 | Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), The

New Jersey's Ocean City airport plans to install low plastic fencing along its runway next year following an NTSB investigation into a bird strike last month that severely damaged a Lancair Columbia during landing. With a waterfront location and a nearby wildlife refuge, the airport has long worried about its growing population of Canada geese and has tried everything from scarecrows to paintball guns to keep the birds away from aircraft. In addition to fencing, airport officials are considering installing artificial turf on both sides of the runway, because birds don't seem to like its scratchy feel.

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