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.”
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Pierre Thomas writes in abcnews.com that Benjamin Padilla, who piloted the Boeing 727 that vanished after taking off in Africa, has disappeared as well. “I am concerned that he might have been hijacked,” says Padilla’s brother, Joseph. The plane took off from Luanda Airport in Angola without permission and without filing a flight plan, so no one knows where it was headed. It had been refitted to haul diesel fuel tanks, meaning it could be used as a flying bomb in a 911-style scenario.”We don’t have any reliable assessments about what this portends, what it could be, who may be behind it,” says White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.
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