Katie Couric's Notebook: Bird Strikes

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The plan just didn't fly. So, the government is abandoning efforts to keep the public from seeing statistics on bird strikes, like the one that forced Captain Sully to make that dramatic splashdown in the Hudson River.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says if the White House can release memos about interrogating terror suspects, it's hard to justify sealing records about birds.

These collisions are a real concern. They've more than quadrupled since 1990 to more than 1,700 a year. But federal officials were afraid that if passengers knew which airports had the most bird strikes, they might avoid flying there, and that airports might stop reporting incidents.

The solution is not secrecy - it is to make sure these accidents are reported and to implement systems that can warn pilots when flocks are nearby. Keeping passengers in the dark about safety risks is for the birds.

  • Michelle Miller

    Michelle Miller is an award-winning CBS News correspondent based in New York, reporting for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Her work regularly appears on the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley", "CBS This Morning" and "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood". She joined CBS News in 2004.