One in 3 Airports Hasn't Studied Bird-Strike Risk: FAA

150 haven't taken required steps
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 10:41 AM CDT
Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from a US Airways plane that went down in the Hudson River in New York on Jan. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, FILE)
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(Newser) – A third of US airports haven't completed a mandated study of their bird-strike risk, USA Today reports. "This problem has been ignored and shuffled to the side by the aviation community," said an airport wildlife-control expert. The 150 airports won't be named until the FAA has contacted each one. The study is the first step in the process of creating a plan to safeguard an airport's planes from wildlife.