Bird strikes. The phrase entered most Americans vocabulary when Captain "Sully" Sullenberg landed an American Airlines plane on the Hudson River after the plane hit a flock of ill-fated geese. Since then, the Federal Aviation Association has proposed keeping information about bird strikes including where and when they happen, secret. Presumably on the grounds that for pilots, hitting a bird is like a car hitting a squirrel. Tragic, but it happens. Yesterday Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood scrapped that. He says the public has a right to know. Bruce Holmes worked on air transportation systems at NASA Langley Research Center. He joins us now with his take on the move towards bird strike transparency.
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