From the nypost, KAMIKAZE BIRD SLAMS BLOOMY
By DAVID SEIFMAN and CHUCK BENNETT
Maybe it wanted revenge.A bird struck a jet carrying the mayor and about a half-dozen others from the Hamptons to Boston for Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral Saturday, The Post has learned.Unlike the geese that forced US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenberger to bring his jet down in the Hudson in January, Bloomberg's bird did not gum up the engine. After Sullenberger's miraculous splash landing, the mayor made his views on birds very clear. "There is not a lot of cost involved in rounding up a couple thousand geese, and letting them go to sleep with nice dreams," he said. In last weekend's incident over Long Island, Bloomberg's pilot feared that possible unseen damage to the French-made Dassault 900EX could make a landing problematic......But the mayor, himself a licensed pilot, didn't pass on the news to his entourage, which included longtime girlfriend Diana Taylor, Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey and teachers-union head Randi Weingarten.
What's Randi doing hanging out with Mike?
As for the slaughter of the geese many pilots are in opposition
Pilot & Flight Crew Quotes:
"I have accumulated over 300 hours flying C172's, C182's all around the Tri State area including major airports such as Teterboro, Linden, Morristown, Caldwell, Westchester, Islip, & Republic airports. I have never had a close call with any wildlife including Canada Geese. I have never seen a Canada Goose, but have seen sea gulls every time I've been up. I think this is preposterous and the government should be stopped. This is unnecessary murder."
- Andrew King, Private Pilot, Teterboro Airport (CEO, Kings Cages International, LLC)
"I have been flying skydivers on Long Island for over 20 years, and I have never had a close call with migrating geese, even though they come to Swan Lake Golf Course every year. The golf course is right next to Calverton Executive Airpark, which is the Home of Skydive Long Island in Calverton. The idea of gassing the Geese is ludicrous! Keep the garbage away from the Airports to get better results in controlling bird strikes--Seagulls are a much bigger threat to downing an aircraft than geese will ever be!"
-Ray Maynard, Commercial Pilot, Calverton Executive Airport (President, Skydive Long Island)
"In my 19 years as a flight attendant, I have never seen geese on the runway."
- Name withheld, Flight Attendant for American Airlines, J.F.K. Airport
"As a Private Pilot for over 35 years being born and raised on Long Island I've seen more sea gulls at low altitudes than geese. Either way the geese are not the problem and if a need is shown to remove them it should be done in a safe and humane way, not by gassing our natural wildlife."
- Gene Merkle, Private Pilot, Long Island MacArthur Airport
a h/t to Norm and Phil