Radar vs. birds at Tokyo airport

8 years ago by in Travel

Japan will install radar equipment at the Tokyo Haneda airport to deal with the rising number of birds that could cause plane crashes, according to officials of the ministry of transport quoted by the local media.

Last year, there were reported 171 cases of bird strike at the airport. During the first nine months of this year that number was already surpassed, with 176 cases.

The radar, which will be the first such “hi-tech” measure to be taken at Japan’s busiest airport, will be able to detect birds up to 300 meters high, so that human operators can track their movements and take appropriate decision more easily.

The new system will allow operators to disperse the birds from dangerous areas by using sounds over loudspeakers.

If the project succeeds, it could be implemented to other airports, according to the officials.