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U.S. DOT to investigate impact of FAA Wildlife Control Program

April 5, 2011, 08:46 am

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General will be performing an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration's Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program, in order to determine if it is effective and works well with other agency initiatives, according to Occupational Health and Safety.

The audit is set to begin the week of March 21 and will determine if there is room for improvement in preventing wildlife strikes. Though the FAA has granted money to numerous airports in an effort to reduce the hazard wildlife may pose, the source says animal strikes continue to be a problem.

FAA statistics show that over 89,000 wildlife strikes were reported between 1990 and 2008. The most common type of animal strikes are bird strikes, which have gained notoriety following the emergency landing of an aircraft on the Hudson River in New York, after a bird-strike led to engine failure.

Animal strikes are on of the many hazards that pilots could potentially face when they take flight. Since these incidents can sometimes lead to fatal accidents, it is important that pilots cover themselves with pilot insurance. The death benefit can help pilots families with the expenses they may have after their loved ones are gone. 

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