Here’s the worst excuse in an open society for not releasing public information to the public: people wouldn’t understand the data.
That was essentially the FAA’s excuse for withholding statistics about aircraft bird strikes from the media. Turns out, USA Today reports, the FAA had already released the information to some individuals who requested it.
And so USA Today got the data and, yes, aircraft collisions with large birds are on the rise. Engine damage from bird strikes is still rare, but the number of incidents has increased.
OK. Are we confused? Are we freaking out? Didn’t think so …