Thursday, February 12, 2009

Yeah--it was geese killed in that Hudson River plane collision

Canada Goose
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
The Smithsonian Institution's Feather Identification Laboratory verified that that US AIrways flight that made a crash landing into the Hudson River had killed at least two and possibly more Canada Geese. They're not releasing the remains (which they disrespectfully call "snarge") to the next-of-kin, or even burying them in a pauper's field. Fortunately, we're not into those rituals anyway.

But hey--those geese were no more "responsible" for the crash than the plane was--it was a tragic intersection of the paths of both. We take issue with CBS News:
A flock of Canada Geese was responsible for the bird strike that knocked out both engines of US Airways Flight 1549, causing the Airbus and its 155 passengers and crew to plunge into the icy Hudson River last month,
We do our best to steer clear of your planes because you know what they say, whether the stone hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the stone, it's going to be bad for the pitcher.

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