- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - A wildlife expert says last year’s improvements at Sitka’s airport are helping to reduce the risk of collisions between birds and planes.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel (https://is.gd/zyEJYv) reports that David Tresham told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that grass sections of an infield near the runway were filled with gravel, and that has made a difference. Before, the area would fill with water, attracting birds.

Tresham is a wildlife specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture who is managing wildlife threats to planes that use Sitka’s airport.

Bird strikes are a big concern there. An Alaska Airlines jet hit an eagle on takeoff in 2010 and had to abort the flight.

Tresham says birds remain a concern, but workers have done a good job identifying potential problems.


Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, https://www.sitkasentinel.com/

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide