Birds at 3,000 feet

Those of you traveling to New York next week for BEA may want to wait until after the expo to read William Langewieche’s new Vanity Fair column on bird strikes near La Guardia.

On the afternoon of last January 15, a flock of Canada geese flew about 3,000 feet above the Bronx in a loose echelon formation, tending to their own business as usual, with nothing special in mind. . . . Their speed was maybe 50 miles an hour. At 3,000 feet, they were above the altitude at which bird strikes most frequently occur, but at a level where in their position, about five miles north of the airport, their flight path happened to intersect with the climb slope of jets on standard departures from La Guardia.

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