NTSB: Birds In Ditched Jet's Engines Were Geese

Safety officials say bird remains in both engines of the North Carolina-bound US Airways jetliner that ditched into New York's Hudson River last month have been identified as Canada geese.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that experts at the Smithsonian Institution who examined 25 samples of bird remains made the determination.

They have been unable to determine how many birds were involved
in the crash, in which all crew members and passengers survived.

Canada geese typically range in size from about 6 pounds to 12 pounds. The safety board says the engines on the ditched airliner are designed to withstand a collision with a bird weighing up to 4 pounds without catching fire or being damaged enough to shut down.

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  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Now that we know it was Canada Geese that brought the airliner down, perhaps it's time to file suit against Canada to recover our losses.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    I am so very thankful for the pilot and the crew but I think its time to let this story rest. They are all safe now and I don't think its a good idea to keep reliving this over and over.

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