FAA Recommends Study to Prevent Bird Strikes at US Airport

1 November 2010 (Last Updated November 1st, 2010 18:30)

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recommended that Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) in Pennsylvania conducts a wildlife hazard study to reduce bird strikes. The FAA suggestion comes after 70 bird strike cases were reported in 2010 at HIA, compared with 24 in 2009 an

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recommended that Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) in Pennsylvania conducts a wildlife hazard study to reduce bird strikes.

The FAA suggestion comes after 70 bird strike cases were reported in 2010 at HIA, compared with 24 in 2009 and 19 in 2008.

The rise in the number of insects on the bordering Susquehanna River is reportedly attracting large numbers of birds, especially swallows, towards HIA.

HIA owner Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority has subsequently awarded a $96,545 contract to the US Department of Agriculture to carry out a year-long study to monitor conditions throughout all four seasons, according to pennlive.com.