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Bird strikes on planes hit 3-year high in Taiwan

2016/03/13 20:37:56

An aviation police man uses shotgun to disperse birds near the airport. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) The number of incidents involving birds colliding with airplanes in Taiwan jumped to 226 in 2015, the highest in three years, according to the Flight Safety Foundation.

The figure was a significant increase from 145 in 2014 and 110 in 2013, the foundation said in a statement Sunday.

The number of bird strikes that resulted in damage to aircraft also rose last year to 14, compared with seven in 2014 and one in 2013, the foundation said.

Around 90 percent of the bird strikes took place at airports, with the country's main hub, Taoyuan International Airport, reporting 113 incidents last year.

Bird strikes are more frequent between April and October when migratory birds are on the move and non-migratory birds are breeding, the foundation said.

It said the number of incidents usually peaks between July and September.

There were no known reports of fatal aviation incidents related to bird strikes in recent years.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Kay Liu)