An expert in wildlife hazard control, Anzaku Timothy Ovye has said that about $1.2 billion is lost annually to bird strike by the global aviation industry.
The Principal Bird/Wildlife Hazard Control Officer Ovye, with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) who disclosed this while interacting with aviation correspondents in Port Harcourt explained that bird strike issue is well known to the aviation industry both in the United States and other developed countries.
“It is estimated that between 1960 and 2004,at least 122 civil aircraft have been destroyed and over 225 civilian lives have been lost worldwide due to bird/wildlife strikes.
” Monetarily, it is estimated that about $1.2 billion is lost annually to bird strike by the global aviation industry.
“Compared to developed countries like the USA, serious attention to bird issues in Nigeria is a recent one. Nigeria is known to be home to about 1000 species of birds.
” Some of these birds constitute serious risk to aircraft, for example, over 20 species of these birds have been reported to be involved in collision with aircraft in the country.
“FAAN in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)standard regulations has long established the Bird/Wildlife Hazard Control Unit in all major airports in the country with the sole mandate of combating the menace of birds and Wildlife Hazards, using modern equipment and standard best practices.
” Most bird strikes occur during the landing or take-off phase, highlighting the need for bird/wildlife management on or around the airports.
“This responsibility, the unit upholds with all degree of seriousness and commitment against all odds. So the fray to reduce bird hazard to the barest minimum at the nation’s airports wages on”, he stated.