FAA releases bird strike data

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The Federal Aviation Administration released uncensored government records Friday detailing where and when birds have struck airplanes over the past 19 years.

According to the FAA National Wildlife Strike Database, 40 bird strikes have taken place at Stewart Airport in Newburgh between 1990 and 2008. No one was hurt, and only one of the strikes caused damage to the plane. The FAA Web site lists more than 89,000 incidents nationwide.

Stewart Airport employs workers who are certified to shoot "bird-bangers"- explosives that scare away birds on the runway when they are in the path on a plane.

Based on the data, since 2000, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York reported at least 30 accidents in which birds caused substantial damage to aircraft. Sacramento International Airport in California reported at least 28 accidents.

Air travelers have become more aware of the problem since U.S. Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River after being hit by a flock of Canada geese in January. The bird strikes disabled both of the plane's engines. All 155 people aboard the jet survived.

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