Why Engineers Don't Put Grates In Front of Engines to Prevent Bird Strikes

Bird strikes can be dangerous, so why aren't jet engines ever shielded in the front?
Derya Ozdemir

There are approximately 14,000 reported bird strikes in the U.S. alone each year, according to an FAA report. While the birds are usually the ones that suffer the greatest damage, the possibility of a collision is still considered a big risk since airplanes may not be able to recover in time from a damage sustained during take-off or landing. A flock of birds damaging the winds or being drawn into the engines could possibly be fatal. 

Since most bird-plane collisions occur on or near the ground, airports play an important role in preventing them. But, in the event of a bird strike, what technologies are in place to improve aviation safety? In this video by the YouTube channel 74 Gear, which is "all about aviation from passengers to pilots" and explains interesting questions you didn't know you had, you can learn the answer. Enjoy!

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