Taiwan Flights at Danger from Birds, CAA Says

28 June 2010 (Last Updated June 28th, 2010 18:30)

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) of Taiwan has opposed a plan to upgrade a wetland near the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, saying it could be dangerous for aeroplanes. CAA officials said the upgrade of Hsutsuo Port Wetland, located in Taoyuan County's Dayuan township, 1.5

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) of Taiwan has opposed a plan to upgrade a wetland near the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, saying it could be dangerous for aeroplanes.

CAA officials said the upgrade of Hsutsuo Port Wetland, located in Taoyuan County's Dayuan township, 1.5km away from the airport, may create problems at landing and take off with birds frequenting the skies.

The upgrade of wetland will encourage an increasing number of birds to build nests near the airport, which will have its new terminal 1km from the wetland, according to the Central News Agency (CNA).

According to the Flight Safety Foundation in Taiwan, out of 119 bird aircraft strike hazards (BASH) incidents in 2009, 100 occurred between April and September during the wild birds' breeding season.

Out of the 100, 16 BASH incidents involved damage to engine blades and dents to the aircraft's outer surfaces, according to the foundation.

The Wildbird Society of Taoyuan, however, said it is undeterred by the CAA's concerns and wants to propose the Hsutsuo Port Wetland as a national wetland area.