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FAA fears wetlands work near NJ airport

October 9, 2009 7:05:49 AM PDT
Federal Aviation Administration officials fear a wildlife restoration project will increase the risk of bird strikes at a New Jersey airport. The agency says the 250-acre plot of wetlands in the Richard P.

Kane Natural Area would create a "threat to public safety" at nearby Teterboro Airport.

An analysis by The Record of Bergen County found Teterboro averaged five bird strikes per 10,000 landings and departures last year. That was more than double the rate at Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports.

The concern comes after a jetliner was forced to land in the Hudson River following a bird strike in January.

U.S. Agriculture Department airport wildlife biologist Christopher Boggs says a busy airport and an abundant bird population can coexist if properly managed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have the final say.

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