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13 INVESTIGATES: Airplane Bird Strikes

13 INVESTIGATES: Airplane Bird Strikes

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We should stress birds have not been named as a cause in Wednesday's air tragedy at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, but the airport has gone to great lengths in the past to clear birds.

According to the latest numbers, bird strikes at the airport are relatively high compared to other airports with similar air traffic. That may be why, two years ago, crews from the airport euthanized 250 geese from 3 area parks - East Lake, Patton and Avondale. This is what an airport official told us in 2011.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int'l Airport Spokesperson, Toni Herrera-Bast said, "Unfortunately the threat of the Canada geese and the domestic geese hit a potential hazardous level."

The airport's wildlife program uses lasers to chase birds away and has a strict no feeding policy.

In our investigation we discovered the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona keeps track of bird strikes at airports all over the country.

Last year alone - the airport had 45 bird strikes compared to on average 24.4 strikes, between 2008 and 2012 at other airports with similar air traffic.

So what do the numbers look like today? Here at Avondale Park we found this flock of about 2 dozen geese, we also saw ducks and pigeons. We also found ducks at East Lake Park but no bird activity at Patton.

Again we should stress, a cause has yet to be determined in Wednesday's air crash, but this is one place officials may be looking.

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