Tackling a deadly threat

The challenge to aviation of birdstrikes is almost as old as powered flight itself. But while technology and management measures have made great progress in reducing such incidents, there are still thousands of occurrences reported each year, as Tom Batchelor explains

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Pilots are specially trained to respond to any birdstrike event
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East Sussex-based Scarecrow uses technology to help airports to avoid airborne threats 
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While engine technology has improved greatly in recent decades, a birdstrike can still cause significant damage 
Pratt & Whitney

US Airways flight 1549 wasn’t the first to suffer a birdstrike, but it was arguably the highest profile occurrence. Images of the downed Airbus A320 floating in the Hudson River off Manhattan made the front pages of newspapers around world, highlighting the very real dangers of birdstrikes to even the most reliable modern aircraft.

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