My daughter is terrified of bird strikes. Ever since Sully became the hero of the Hudson, just thinking about the chance of a goose getting stuck in the engine has been enough to ground her for months. Bird Strike! is even a popular topic on Facebook.
Today’s USA Today reports that in 2007, there were a whopping 7,439 collisions reported between planes and all kinds of animals but mostly birds. That’s up from 2000 when 5,872 accidents like this occurred.
But the FAA isn’t keen on releasing this data about bird strikes, saying that “it could produce an inaccurate perception of the risks,” the story said. According to the government, only a mere 20% of incidents involving commercial aircraft are reported under the current system. The FAA is afraid that if they make everything public, even fewer pilots and airport personnel will want to report the accidents to begin with.