The Federal Aviation Administration today released for the first time the time and place of airplane-bird strikes since 1990. The disclosures come after the ditching of a US Airways jet in the Hudson River after bird strikes knocked out both its engines in January.
The data for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport shows that from Jan 2004 to Dec. 2008, there were 233 bird strikes reported at CLT. One strike caused "substantial damage," the report shows.
Click here to see bird strikes at Charlotte/Douglas since 1990.
The Associated Press reports that since 2000, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York reported at least 30 accidents where damage was either substantial or the plane was actually destroyed. Sacramento International Airport in California reported at least 28 such accidents.
Click here for the complete FAA database.