Blame Canada

Birds common problem for planes

WASHINGTON -- Thursday's emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York was a reminder that birds are a common, it-could-happen-to-anyone problem for airliners.

Airports around the country use different methods -- like strobe lights or dogs -- to keep the birds away. Kennedy Airport uses trained falcons.

The Canadian geese population is up 400 percent since 1990, making controlling them even more difficult.

At Reagan National, cannons are used to keep the geese population under control.

How about hunting season?

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