Bird hits affecting Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: Birds are emerging as a big threat to flight operations at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. Concerned over the looming danger, the airport authorities have written to the forest department seeking to curb movement of birds in the airspace in and around the airport to prevent bird-hits.

According to a letter written to the State Forest department, airport authorities sought permission to catch the birds active in the area and relocate them to a different place.

Notably, 57 bird-hit incidents have occurred at the airport over the last four year. In the current year, as many as 11 bird-hit incidents have been reported.

Bird hits could be dangerous and in case any eventuality occurs it will bring a very bad name for the airport, State and the country, said Sharad Kumar, the director of the Bhubaneswar airport.