Reported collisions between airplanes and birds are climbing toward 10,000 for calendar year 2009, and the figures aren’t even final yet.
Why? Authorities naturally speculate that reports have increased since hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger fought off geese who killed his engines and and then miraculously and safely landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. But some of those same authorities figured that airlines and airports would actually be more reluctant to report bird collisions.
More from the AP story:
Sullenberger relives the moment here.
For reading pleasure (and while we wait for those pissed-off birds to calm down), go back to Roy Edroso‘s aftermath piece from February 9, 2009: “Rescued Singer Ruins Flight 1549 With God, Dance Song.”