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Aviation / Bird Strikes / Helicopter Crash / Radar #922967

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 23, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The investigation into whether birds caused the crash last year of a helicopter in Louisiana reported.

(LaGuardia Airport: Richard Schlesinger) A radar system to detect birds that is already used by the Navy and Air Force but not civilian aircraft featured; scenes shown of a crashed Air Force plane that collided with geese in 1995; details given about how the system works and the NTSB recommendations to the FAA about bird strike avoidance systems. [Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Lt. Col. Lee LANDIS†- says the system helps us avoid birds.] [Former NTSB member John GOGLIA†- says the FAA's slow approach is not acceptable.] [University of Illinois professor Edwin HERRICKS†- cites "due diligence" about a system.] Footage of US Airways Flight 1549 that splash landed in the river shown.

Couric, Katie;
Schlesinger, Richard

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