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FAA Wants to Keep Bird Strike Records Confidential - NYTimes.com
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:33:11 -0400

Just in case you want to be aware, your GOVERNMENT will not tell you. djf

March 27, 2009
FAA Wants to Keep Bird Strike Records Confidential
Filed at 10:12 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has reversed itself after promising to disclose records about how frequently commercial planes are damaged by hitting flying birds.

The agency now wants to keep those government records secret from air travelers because it fears that if the public found out the information then airports and air carriers wouldn't report damage from birds.

The FAA had promised The Associated Press, in a conference call with senior FAA officials on Feb. 18, that it would turn over the data within days. Since then, the FAA has said only that the AP's request for the data under the Freedom of Information Act was ''under review.'' The AP asked for the information in January.

Last week, the FAA quietly proposed keeping the data secret.

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