Building a bird-proof jet

No defence yet against rare ‘double bird strike’ that caused jet crash in NYC

Before he orchestrated an unforgettable emergency landing on the Hudson River, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger radioed air traffic controllers to report a “double bird strike.” In pilot lingo, that means a flock of Canadian geese collided with the Airbus A320, disabling not one, but both jet engines. Wayward birds are sucked into airplane turbines all the time, but a “double bird strike” is such a rare occurrence that most aviation experts can’t even recall another case. For decades, engineers have tried to build a bird-proof engine (their tests include launching frozen poultry into the spinning blades) but a failsafe solution still doesn’t exist. Thankfully, Capt. Sullenberger does.
The Wall Street Journal

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