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December 22, 2014

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Nevada aircraft collisions with animals

Last month the FAA released records detailing about 100,000 reported wildlife collisions with aircraft in the United States since 1990. It comes on the heels of a dramatic water landing by a US Airways flight in New York this year in which both engines were rendered useless after ingesting a flock of birds. The charts below show the 445 reports of aircraft at or near Nevada airports. The FAA estimates that only about 1 in 5 strikes are officially reported. The strikes outlined in these reports are overwhelmingly avian, but in a handful of cases, planes in Nevada have hit four-legged animals that have wandered onto runways. They include a domestic dog, coyotes and foxes — even a burro was reportedly clipped by a small aircraft landing at Calvada Meadows Airport in Pahrump.

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