The FAA had been under mounting pressure
to release the records since the dramatic Hudson River
splashdown of US Airways
Flight 1549 in January. Carrying 155 people, the jet struck a flock of geese
shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, knocking out both
engines. Everyone aboard survived.
PHOTO: Bird strikes are rare but they happen...
The federal agency initially balked at opening the database to the public. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood overruled the FAA this week.
Since the year 2000 Philadelphia International Airport had 503 wildlife strikes, 10 reports of substantial damage -- SEARCH FAA RECORDS