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Animal killings have little effect on bird strikes

3-23-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s efforts to remove birds and other wildlife that could pose a threat to aircraft safety have had no significant impact, according to a newspaper analysis.

An analysis of Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration data by The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/OLbs1e) shows that although the authority has expanded its wildlife management program considerably since 2009, wildlife collisions with aircraft at New Jersey airports have not declined.

Though most wildlife strikes don’t cause any issue, several planes arriving or departing from New Jersey airports typically do sustain damage each year.

The newspaper found an aircraft at one of the Port Authority’s New Jersey airports collides with an animal, typically a bird, about once every two days. That’s remained virtually unchanged every year since 2008.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com