Report criticizes FAA's oversight of bird-strike threats

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    The Federal Aviation Administration doesn't keep good track of how many birds strike planes and its inspectors often aren't familiar with wildlife, according to an inspector general's report out Thursday.
    Jeffrey Guzzetti, assistant inspector general for aviation at the Transportation Department, found that FAA can't be sure airports have good plans for coping with wildlife or that FAA inspectors who review the plans have expertise with wildlife.

    Meanwhile, reported bird strikes have quintupled in the last two decades.

    "Increases in the populations of hazardous wildlife species continue to challenge airports' ability to provide a safe operating environment," Guzzetti said in the 30-page report.

    The most prominent example was in January 2009, when a US Airways flight taking off from New York's La Guardia airport was struck by Canada geese and the captain landed the plane on the Hudson River.
    No flights are immune. Vice President Biden's plane was struck April 19 while landing at California's Santa Barbara airport, but was able to land without injuries.

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