March 29th, 2009 in Breaking News

Why does the FAA Keep Bird Strike Records Secret?

NY1 | 24 Hour Local News | Top Stories | FAA To Keep Bird Strike Records Secret.

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to keep records secret about how often planes are damaged by flocks of birds.

The agency says it fears a public backlash if the data were released, and it says carriers and airports would stop reporting the incidents.

FAA officials originally said they would release their bird strike database.

More than 100,000 reports of bird strikes have been voluntarily reported by airlines and airports since 1990.

The Associated Press requested the database after US Airways Flight 1549 went down safely in the Hudson back in January.

A bird strike is thought to have caused the engines to fail.