FAA publishes number of bird strikes for past 19 years

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the number of reported bird strikes at U.S. airports for the past 19 years. Since then, Los Angeles International Airport has reported 940.

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the number of reported bird strikes at U.S. airports for the past 19 years. Since then, Los Angeles International Airport has reported 940.

LAX staff says that’s out of more than 140 million takeoffs and landings. The airport’s operations director Ray Jack told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that the airport deals primarily with urban birds.

Ray Jack: “Pigeons, crows, seagulls is the preponderance of the bird population, along with some raptors. We’re very fortunate that we’re not under any migratory paths, so we don’t get some of the issues that happen at some of the other airports where you have large wild game transiting.”

Jack said the airport works actively to deal with wildlife hazards. It traps birds and tries to repel them with noisemakers. Long Beach Airport reported 148 bird strikes in the last 19 years. Orange County’s John Wayne Airport reported 214. And Bob Hope Airport in Burbank logged 218.

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