Collisions with flocks of birds, which recently caused a jet in New York to have to make an emergency water landing in the Hudson River after losing both its engines, are a danger that investigators want to figure out how to prevent in the future.
The first step towards controlling these birds is to figure out what species they are. Researcher Travis DeVault says, “It is very important to get IDs on species that are struck. If we don’t know which birds are struck then we don?t know how to prevent it. I don’t think that we’ll totally eliminate bird strikes. The goal though is to reduce that frequency as much as we can.”