SC airport sees highest number of animal strikes in 20 years


GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A record number of animals were killed during takeoffs and landings at one South Carolina airport last year.

The Greenville News reports data from the Federal Aviation Administration shows 30 animal strikes happened at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in 2018, three times more than the average of nine wildlife strikes reported per year over the past two decades at the airport.

Airport officials say the higher numbers reflect better reporting.

The airport ranks fourth in the state for wildlife strikes and is the second-busiest air traffic hub in South Carolina. Charleston International, the busiest airport in the state, has had the most documented strikes since 1999.

Birds, deer and coyotes are among the animals killed in the incidents. Only one human fatality has been documented during such accidents in South Carolina.

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