DAYTON, Oh (WDTN) - Government officials believe The U-S Airways jet that crashedinto the Hudson River, collided with a flock of geese.
The first ever reported bird strike was from the Wright Brothersdiaries in 1905 in Dayton.
Its fitting then, for one of the few facilities in the county totest this type of aircraft collision, to be located right here inthe Gem City.
"It is surprising how much damage a bird can do."
Kevin Poormon is a senior research engineer at the University ofDayton Research Institute
"We test windshields, and aircraft fan blades for engines."
Poormon and his team use both real and fake birds in theirtesting.
The goal is to test parts of an aircraft to see how resistant ,certain materials are to bird strikes.
"If the bird is big enough, or if there are multiple birdstrikes, it can totally destroy an engine causing it to shut down,and causing a plane to go down. " Poormon said.
Over the last 20 years, more than 200 people have died becausebirds and aircraft collide .
But no matter how strong, or durable the aircraft material is,Poormon said part of the problem is to keep birds away fromairports.
"Airports are trying to find ways to get the birds out of theflight pattern of aircraft."
In the last 17 years bird strikes have quadrupled. Experts saythe environment is cleaner, and populations of large birds haveincreased. Airplane engines are also quieter. Birds have lessability to detect and avoid the aircraft.
Parts of Montgomery County saw up to 3.5 inches of snow Tuesday, while areas to the north saw as little as half an inch of snow.
Shinola will begin offering a limited-edition Wright brothers wristwatch and bicycle for sale online as well as at its stores in Detroit and New York.
Dayton police detectives are investigating a homicide Sunday night at the newly opened truck stop on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was involved in an accident in Clark County Tuesday morning.
Traffic is being blocked at an intersection west of Xenia due to what is described as a large gas leak.