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N.Y. geese gassed for air safety

FAA Wildlife Strike Database

The dramatic landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River last year brought significant attention to what can happen when a bird strike cripples a plane.

But some Brooklyn residents were surprised recently to realize that hundreds of geese in a popular park had disappeared. Their fate? They were gassed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a report on the New York Times's Web site.

Airports around the country wrestle with how to deal with bird strikes. Earlier this year, a Baltimore Sun report detailed how the Department of Agriculture was fighting the problem at BWI - sometimes with a shotgun -- and other airports.

An overview of the problem is available on this FAA site.

What do you think? How should authorities deal with the problem of birds striking aircraft? Post a comment below.

By Michael Bolden  | July 13, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Airlines, Airports  
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I understand they were covered by AFLAC!

Posted by: CubsFan | July 13, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Why is this even debatable? Would you give your life for a goose? How about the lives of 150 of your fellow passengers? Kids included!! The geese should have been dressed and cleaned for dinner too!

Posted by: PepperDr | July 13, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh the humanity!

Posted by: jiji1 | July 13, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe next they can try to deal with the geese that infest golf courses, leaving mementos of their presence all over the fairways. Yuk.

Posted by: 1995hoo | July 13, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I heard that the geese were going to be deported to Canada, but the Obama administration feared the loss of the goose vote, so they just killed them instead.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 13, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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