Published on : Saturday, February 25, 2017
A passenger plane of Delta Airlines that was travelling to Atlanta and had taken off around 9.20 a.m. was compelled to make an emergency landing at Charlotte-Douglas Airport after it struck some birds on early Friday morning.
This incident is the second one of its kind that involved an aircraft’s collision with animals.
Last week, a plane had collided with a deer along the runway. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the number of reported collisions that took place between aircraft and wildlife has been constantly on the rise in the U.S. In the year 2012, as many as 10,917 collisions had been reported.
That number was up to about 13,162.
Charlotte airport possesses a Wildlife Management Program with an aim to ensure that the runways are absolutely clear. Chris Matthews, the Director of Mecklenburg County’s Natural Resources said that he feels that the latest incident was just another unfortunate one.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and also the FAA states that the increase in the number of accidents related to animals and aircrafts might be on account of more people flying.
Another reason might be due to the quieter planes and the larger flocks of birds.
The travellers on board the Delta flight had taken off after 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon on a new plane.