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It’s sad but true.

Birds and planes have been colliding since the dawn of powered aviation. In fact, Orville Wright hit a bird, probably a Red-winged Blackbird, over an Ohio cornfield as early as 1905, not even two years after he and his brother Wilbur made their historic first flights.

Because most early collisions resulted in the loss of a bird’s life, not in damage to aircraft or human injury, the issue of bird strikes flew under the radar of air-safety teams for most of the century. But as air travel became more popular, and as aircraft became faster, bigger, more expensive, and more numerous, the problem grew more acute.

Today, experts figure that civilian aircraft in the United States collide with birds about 35,000 times a year, costing the industry about $620 million annually. According to the Air Force, military aircraft add to both totals, striking birds more than 5,000 times a year and causing an average of $35 million in damage. Even worse is the human cost: more than 200 people have died in crashes attributed to bird strikes since 1988. And thanks to ever-increasing numbers of both planes and large-bodied birds, as well as faster, quieter jet engines that are harder for birds to detect, bird-strike numbers have been on the increase for the last 15 years.

Video resource : Top Fives

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