The recent near-collisions between jets on runways and in the air once again are showing that human, not avian error, is to blame.

Yet calls for the killing of birds near airports continues to increase without merit. Why were John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports constructed near bodies of water, which attract thousands of local and migratory birds?

In the case of JFK, there already was a wildlife refuge in place, protected by federal law. That airport should not have been constructed so close to the wildlife refuge.

There must be some way to lessen the threat of bird-plane collisions to the satisfaction of the Federal Aviation Administration and wildlife groups.

Passengers and birds must be safe.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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