The "Miracle on the Hudson" and

The airline safety and security site has updated its information about the January 15, 2009 US Airways accident with additional information about bird strike related hazards and jet airliner ditching history,
Feb. 10, 2009 - PRLog -- Last month's ditching of a US Airways A320 was quite dramatic, and the survival of all on board, due in part to a very quick and very effective rescue operation, has been called the "Miracle on the Hudson" by the public and the media. Two elements of the accident, the ditching and the suspected role of birds in the accident, were of particular interest to Dr. Todd Curtis,'s founder, has had a long relationship with bird and wildlife hazard professionals in the US, Canada, and Europe, and had designed and launched the web site of Bird Strike Committee USA.

After the crash, a number of bird hazard items were added to, including updates of two previous research projects of Dr. Curtis. You can find links to those projects, as well as other links to Bird Strike Committee USA and other bird hazard related information, at

The crash involved a suspected bird strike, a common occurrence that rarely leads to a crash. The ditching aspect of this accident was even more rare, with this event being only the fourth time that a passenger jet airliner has been involved in a ditching. The attention the site  attracted, especially an article published in the USA Today newspaper the day after the accident, led to clarify its definition of ditching, a definition that is much more specific than those provided by the NTSB, FAA, and other major aviation safety organizations.

You can find many more details about the event, and about issues related to the US Airways ditching, at Among the resources at that location are:

- podcasts about the US Airways accident
- Previous US Airways crashes
- Other significant A320 events
- An overview of bird strike hazards to aircraft
- Jet airliner ditching events
- Selected bird strike videos
- Comparison of the US Airways event with seven other bird strike accidents
- Bird strike study from the Foundation

Other updates will be made available on the news at

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