I love to fly, but I purposefully put stuff like this out of my mind when I board an airplane. Who would think that birds, which really don't weigh much at all, could cause damage this much damage to an aircraft?
Plus, you gotta feel sorry for the bird. I don't think that the Wright Brothers were considering "bird slaughter" in their equation when they flew in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This video, uploaded by dmutantx on March 31, 2010, shows how such a delicate creature turns into an aerial projectile when encountered by a plane.
Is there a way for pilots to avoid hitting birds while in flight? I don't know. What I do know is that these are accidents; no pilot in his/her Wright mind (get it?) would ever purposefully fly into a flock of birds. That would be suicide.
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John P. Barker
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