Prompted by the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency landing, safety regulators are proposing tougher tests to make sure that jet engines can keep running after a bird strike.
The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Friday that manufacturers show that the core of new engines can continue to operate after sucking in a medium-sized bird at lower fan speeds used during takeoffs and landings.
Current tests focus on fan blades running full-speed, but FAA says that’s not good enough.
In 2009, both engines on a US Airways jet failed after striking a flock of geese while leaving New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed their powerless plane on the Hudson River.
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The FAA says it begun studying the issue after that flight.