Apr 24, 2009
More than 82,000 birds and mammals collided with civilian aircraft between 1990 and 2007, causing more than $332 million in damage, according the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Wildlife Strike Database, made public for the first time today. And those are just the known incidents—the FAA estimates that only 20 percent of such collisions are ever reported.
Prompted in part by the January 15 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River after being struck by a flock of geese, as well as by an Associated Press Freedom of Information Act request, the FAA has reluctantly opened the database via the Web. The agency had sought to bar public access to the information, claiming in the Federal Register that there was "a serious potential that information related to bird strikes will not be submitted because of fear that the disclosure of raw data could unfairly cast unfounded aspersions on the submitter," Aero-News.net reported last month.
Aug 22, 2008 | 6
An experimental, build-it-yourself Velocity 173 RG aircraft crashed into the living room of a house in Las Vegas Friday morning shortly after takeoff from the North Las Vegas airport, killing the pilot and two people inside the home, the AP reports. The pilot and one resident of the house died at the crash site, while the other died after being taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. The names of the victims have not been released.
The AP reports the Velocity that crashed was certified for flight by the FAA in 2002. The Velocity—which costs between $55,000 and $150,000 depending on the kit—is constructed in sections and can be dismantled by removing about 10 bolts and some screws. The maximum width of the fuselage, without the wings attached, is 12 feet.
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