According to media reports, at least ten incidents of birds striking different aircraft during landing or take-off have been reported in July. This is an alarming situation as birds striking aircraft can cause significant damage and in rare instances even cause a plane to crash.
The Civil Aviation Authority needs to take immediate notice and adopt a strategy to prevent aircraft from suffering further bird hits in future. The primary reason for birds entering a danger zone, which is runways, are the housing schemes that have been allowed in close proximity to airports. The open garbage bins or large heaps of trash scattered around these societies attract the feathered scavengers who inadvertently cross the path of airliners. The CAA must conduct a survey of all societies located close to runways and ask them to either remove the garbage bins altogether or ensure a quick disposal of trash to get rid of the birds.
Engr. Riaz Akbar