Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bhubaneswar airport in danger of bird hits

Bhubaneswar: A rise in the number of birds of about 100 species nesting in and around Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) has heightened the danger of planes being hit by birds. BPIA authorities, worried about a possible downgrading of the airport’s status and even cancellation of its licence, now want to deal with the crisis by capturing the birds.
BPIA director Sharad Kumar said Monday that frequent bird-hit situations in the state’s only operational airport have posed a major challenge for flight operations. All attempts by the airport authorities to scare the birds by using laser guns and crackers have failed so far, he said.
“We have therefore written a letter to the Principal Conservator of Forests for permission to capture the birds found in and around the airport area. The captured birds could be handed over to the forest department officials,” said Kumar to journalists.
15/09/15 Orissa Post
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