Bird Cull to Keep Jets Safe at Heathrow
26.1.2009 (The London Paper)
TEN THOUSAND Canada Geese will need to be culled near Heathrow to prevent a plane
crash like the one on the Hudson River, a leading Government adviser has warned.
John Allan, an expert in bird management at the Central Science Laboratory, said
birds were large enough to “bring a plane down” if they hit an engine.
Heathrow has a particular problem, he said, as 10,000 of the birds roost in lakes
and quarries south of the airport and feed to its north, making them likely to
cross the runways.
His words follow the crash-landing of a jet in New York’s Hudson River 11 days
ago, after it reportedly flew into a flock of Canada geese.
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