Bird strikes have been around since the beginning of aviation and are still
causing problems today, as most recently evidenced by the crash of US Airways
Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009. Just five miles from the airport, the
plane collided with a flock of geese and made an emergency landing in the
What's now being deemed as "Miracle on the
The Bird Strike Committee was initially formed to find ways of handling this problem but bird strikes are not an easily solved problem. The program implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is comprised of several tactics, including controlling bird populations, habitat deterrence (landscaping that can deter wildlife away), egg oiling, and removing vegetation and nests. In some cases, lethal methods must be used (trapping and shooting birds), though a federal permit is required to do so.