A Bird, A Plane…A Costly Danger

The number of birds being hit by airplanes is five times what it was in 1990, according to a new report.

According to a federal report, birds are hitting airplanes fives times more often than they did in 1990, reports The Washington Post.

More than 2,600 bird strikes have been recorded at the three major airports in the Baltimore-Washington area since 2000, reports The Post.

The Federal Aviation Administration has spent $485 million over the past five years on efforts to minimize the number of bird strikes–which cause engine failures and crashes that have killed 23 people since 1990, according to the FAA website.

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