Jan 23, 2010

Birds and airplanes: not a good combo

Question: What is the #1 cause of airline crashes?
Answer: Birds

Yes, that is what brought down the Miracle on the Hudson flight and countless others over the years. One such incident nearly happended yesterday at Dulles; fortunately, the plane was able to get back on the ground before disaster struck.

While I don't profess to be an expert on airplane design or the complex science of aerodynamics, I still need to ask: isn't the solution to this problem a rather simple one? Namely:

Why can't ordinary wire mesh be placed on the engine openings?

Yes, a small amount of airflow will be sacrificed; but is can't be enough to trash the whole idea, can it? What am I missing here?

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