Birds a Threat to Planes at Grand Junction Regional Airport?

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

An Airbus 320 takes off from Laguardia Airport only to make an emergency landing in the Hudson river. Witnesses say geese caught in the planes engines were to blame.

Bradley Sullivan, co–owner of Colorado Flight Center says it's not uncommon to see animals at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.
"Coyotes and foxes on the runway fairly regular," says, Sullivan. And what about large birds like geese and ducks?
Sullivan, says "We are also in a migratory bird path here in Western Colorado so in the spring and fall we do see migratory birds coming though as well."

The Division of Wildlife says most of those birds stay close to lakes and rivers and as far as being a threat to planes here in the Grand Valley, Sullivan says they are not. "Here in Grand Junction, no, but in places like New York where there is a lot of bird activity and a lot of water it's a very big concern."

The Grand Junction Regional Airport is in charge of managing all wildlife on its property. They weren't available to comment Friday on how they do that, but for Sullivan and Colorado Flight Center nothing has changed.
"Business as usual this is a rare circumstance," says Sullivan.

Besides being a flight instructor and commercial pilot Sullivan also flies safari trips to Alaska, in all that time he says he has never hit a bird while flying.

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