New data shows wildlife strikes not problem at Augusta airport

Saturday, April 25, 2009 8:28 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 4:46 PM
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Despite the fact that Augusta's airport sits near a swamp and river system teeming with wildlife, federal data released Friday shows its aircraft have had little problem with striking wildlife over the past two decades.

Diane Johnston, marketing director for Augusta Regional Airport, said the local government and the airport recognized the increased problem that bird strikes could cause in the 1990s, and took action.

"I feel like its been a joint effort between the city and the airport to keep us safe," Ms. Johnston said late Friday.

A Federal Aviation Administration wildlife strike database reveals 129 wildlife strikes have taken place at Augusta's Bush Field since September of 1990.

Birds affected included a barn owl, three barn swallows, a bat, four blackbirds, 10 european starlings, 13 sparrows, four swallows and a vulture. One fox was among those struck, part of the reason the database is called a wildlife strike database.

By comparison, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had 699 reported incidents.

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