1/18/2009 12:07:00 PM

animal testing

US Airways Jet Lifted From Hudson - WSJ.com: "According to material posted on the FAA's Web site, the type of engines on the US Airways jet were certified to be able to keep operating for five minutes at 75% of normal takeoff power after ingesting a total of five birds, each weighing 1.5 pounds. If a single bird weighing four pounds gets sucked into an engine, FAA standards require it to be able to shut down safely, without a fire or internal disintegration."

It might have been interesting to have been on the team to figure that out.