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Rabbit Runover At JFK  
User currently offlinecanyonblue17 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 473 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 20051 times:

According to several pilots landing at JFK this evening there have been several rabbits spotted on runway 22R. At least one had a fatal run in with a JetBlue aircraft. I know JFK has a history of bird problems, but this is the first rabbit issue I have heard of.

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User currently offlineabq707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 20025 times:

At one time, ABQ had a groundhog problem and environmentalists went nuts when they started "getting rid" of them.


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19976 times:

That must have been quite hare raising.

Rabbits are actually very common at many airports. There is little human disturbance in many parts of the airfield so it can be an ideal habitat for them. I used to see plenty of them at my local airport. There were even deer spotted quite regularly.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19989 times:

Quoting canyonblue17 (Thread starter):
this is the first rabbit issue I have heard of

Let's hope they won't make their way to the parking lots!  Wow!

Rabbits Eat Cars Parked At DIA
(by AeroWesty Jan 19 2005 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlinecanyonblue17 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19983 times:

I loved hearing the stories many years ago from coworkers in Kansas City about cows getting loose from adjacent pastures and wandering onto the runways at MCI.

User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19939 times:

Quoting canyonblue17 (Thread starter):


According to several pilots landing at JFK this evening there have been several rabbits spotted on runway 22R. At least one had a fatal run in with a JetBlue aircraft. I know JFK has a history of bird problems, but this is the first rabbit issue I have heard of.

Strange that they'd show up at JFK. You'd think they'd be at O'Hare.  

Wildlife can be like that, especially if you've got an airport in the middle of what used to be wilderness.

[Edited 2011-04-09 21:10:23]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19892 times:

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 5):
You'd think they'd be at O'Hare.

::groan::

Good thing JetBlue doesn't serve meals. No worries about them notifying catering.   



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User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19882 times:

Quoting canyonblue17 (Thread starter):
I know JFK has a history of bird problems, but this is the first rabbit issue I have heard of.

Rabbits been around for years. You always see them in the spring. I have been at JFK since 1988 and every spring you see them.


User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4143 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19883 times:

So many jokes!

PDX has a lot of coyotes on the property. Airports, although busy places, also have a lot of open space (for the most part) and not much human incursion on a lot of it, making them suitable for wild animal populations.


User currently offlineabq707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19814 times:

Let's not forget the occassional rattlesnake.


First flight TWA 707 ABQ to BWI 1964
User currently offlinegaystudpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 457 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19761 times:

Wow, I hope they're watching out for the Easter Bunny!

User currently offlinerj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19740 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 2):
That must have been quite hare raising.

And let the rabbit jokes begin! It won't be the first time!


User currently offlinenycdave From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19601 times:

Pity they couldn't catch a KLM City-Hopper!

User currently offlinethegooddoctor From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19339 times:

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 5):
Strange that they'd show up at JFK. You'd think they'd be at O'Hare.

O'Hare rabbits, of course indicated by their name, are of Irish heritage! Therefore, they spend less time on the runways and more time sipping guiness at the local pub!



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User currently offlineasteriskceo From United States of America, joined May 2004, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19187 times:

Or the cute foxes on taxiway foxtrot at LGB. When I first started spotting, you could see baby foxes in the tall grass at the departure end of 30. Was so sad whenever they were hit.  

User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12594 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19130 times:

They killed a wabbit!

Quoting abq707 (Reply 1):
At one time, ABQ had a groundhog problem and environmentalists went nuts when they started "getting rid" of them.

He really shouldn't have made that right turn at Albuquerque!


User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 17899 times:

Thats why they're called Hareports.


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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17525 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 2):
That must have been quite hare raising.
Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 5):
Strange that they'd show up at JFK. You'd think they'd be at O'Hare.
Quoting gaystudpilot (Reply 10):
Wow, I hope they're watching out for the Easter Bunny!
Quoting kaitak (Reply 15):
They killed a wabbit!
Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 16):
Thats why they're called Hareports.

      

Has any rabbits ever been hit by an American Harelines flight?   



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17406 times:

Quoting asteriskceo (Reply 14):
When I first started spotting, you could see baby foxes

Unfortunately, they are huge pests. And where rabbits exist, they sometimes encourage artificially high populations of Vulpes Vulpes. And they are hard to get rid of too - some of them become bait-shy. Quite smart animals.

I wouldn't want to see them on or near a runway either.  Wow!

Around Sydney airport there are some known rabbit populations (particularly around the old air traffic control tower) - but I'm not aware of how widespread they are, or if they are within the airport perimeter as well.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17343 times:

Quoting gkirk (Reply 17):
Has any rabbits ever been hit by an American Harelines flight?

Do you call that a harestrike?  



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User currently offlinebuslover From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17268 times:

In 1973 I ran over a deer during T/O roll at CGN going to MUC. Looked horrible upon arrival at MUC.
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User currently offlineKaiarahi From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 3071 posts, RR: 37
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17245 times:

All these jokes ... and here was I thinking that "Rabbbit Runover at JFK" was a new Updike novel.


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17185 times:

Quoting buslover (Reply 20):
In 1973 I ran over a deer during T/O roll at CGN going to MUC. Looked horrible upon arrival at MUC.

Oh dear.. What was that experience like??



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17156 times:
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Quoting canyonblue17 (Reply 4):
I loved hearing the stories many years ago from coworkers in Kansas City about cows getting loose from adjacent pastures and wandering onto the runways at MCI.

When I was a kid living in Zambia I was going to fly from Kariba to Salisbury in Rhodesia and the army had to go out and chase elephants off the runway so that our Viscount could land. My dad has pictures somewhere, I must ask him for them.

One time I was jumpseating on an A300 from CPT to JNB and after we landed we spotted a dog on the taxiway in front of us. The flight engineer honked the horn at it!



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User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 752 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16427 times:

I watched a turtle get run over by a UA A320 landing rnwy 13 at MDT a few years ago. That thing was flat as a pancake. We used a shovel to get it off the runway.

25 MileHighOffice : A buddy of mine ran over a big rabbit in a 737-8 (landing ADL) and another slammed on the breaks in a 744 to avoid hitting a fox sitting on the centre
26 goldorak : CDG and ORY are infested of rabbits. When you taxi at CDG, it's very common (and cute) to see them running around.
27 fsnuffer : You also have the occasional alligator on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center
28 rwy04lga : A300s have horns?
29 bohica : The airplane will now be renamed Blue Bunny.
30 ridgid727 : I've seen red tail foxes running around about the runways at SLC on a number of occasions. When I went to an airport meeting for leaseholders at the a
31 Navigator : Normally you would not hit the brakes hard in a 747 to avoid an animal like a fox. You could cause more harm by braking hard in such a plane than run
32 Post contains images lightsaber : Hare or Rabbit? I've seen airports that have problems with Ferrel Rabbits (escaped pets). I often work at a site that has a mixed Hare (native) and Ra
33 Post contains images ItalianFlyer : UGH...the puns on this thread are killing me When I was a Supe in DEN...my office was in the sub-basement below B60...right off the multi-million doll
34 Post contains images Revelation : What about "Deutsche Luft Hase"? [ hare = "der Hase" in German, so this could be read as German Air Rabbit, or maybe German Flying Rabbit! ]
35 eclipseflight7 : Albuquerque still has a problem with prairie dogs. The generally accepted way to kill them is to put a CO2 canister into their hole and they will ess
36 BEG2IAH : I saw them at CDG too. They are really cute. Not sure if they have any hearing left with all that noise. BEG2IAH
37 Post contains images HPRamper : As far as I know, most planes do
38 LuftyMatt : Yep, most commercial airliners do. I think they must be for getting the ground crews attention or something like that. Pains in the arse they are. (T
39 ltbewr : Many airports, due to the siting and setups with large open areas and often near water, tend to be areas that attract and be the habitats of a lot of
40 B737900 : No, but I've seen an American Eagle try for a rabbit on the runway!
41 Post contains links and images Aviopic : Thousands of them at AMS, think they are shot ones or twice a year. Not that it helps a lot. View Large View MediumPhoto © Willem Honders
42 goblin211 : Who would see rabbits and other animals from a plane? How do they trap rabbits anyway? Have ground vehicles ever run over animals?
43 canyonblue17 : Was the JetBlue pilot's name Elmer Fudd?
44 nomadd22 : You didn't know that JFK stood for "Jackrabbits frequently killed"?
45 JETnyc : BUGS BUNNY would be smart not to hang out at J F K, eeeeeeh happi landins Doc..
46 PC12Fan :
47 Post contains images PC12Fan : A point the PETA idiots just don't get.
48 axelesgg : If it was Don Mueang i would come there and shoot a "rabbit-killer" (a bad golf shot)!
49 JFKPurser : Wow. This is really big news.
50 TheBatman : Puns aside, there are rabbits all over the place at O'Hare! As well as deer, coyotes (had a pack of 3 run right in front of me while I was taxiing on
51 grimey : That's racist, well its funny and true so I'll let you away with that one.
52 nomadd22 : I can see it now. "FAA qwietwy awards $16 million no bid contract to Elmer Fudd"
53 Post contains images PPVRA :
54 Tomassjc : When I was a young lad listening to ATC from LAX I'd occasionally hear the pilot (mostly PSA) call the tower and say "Kill the rabbit". Meaning to cut
55 Max777geek : There's only one way to get rid of rabbits. Raise potatoes in the middle of the taxiways, one way or the other they will understand.
56 canyonblue17 : R.I.P = Rabbit In Pavement
57 unattendedbag : The abundance of rabbits can be a good thing. It means there are not enough hawks and coyotes on the field to manage the rabbits. Hawks and coyotes ar
58 n9801f : Thanks for the funniest thread I've seen in a while - maybe ever! And coyotes - seriously! I've seen them on taxi-out there, within the triangle forme
59 Post contains images ebj1248650 : Couldn't resist, could ya? Wish I'd been quick enough to think of it first!
60 railker : University of Victoria here in BC had a huge problem with rabbits for years, you could drive by campus at any time and see hundreds of rabbits around
61 Post contains images Oshkosh1 : If I see anything marked "ACME"...I'm heading for the hills!!
62 usairways787 : Coyotes, and Foxs' are issues down in DFW, almost hit a coyote on my way into work the other morning. US787
63 stratosphere : Funny..Got to love the old cartoons
64 Desh : Why did the Fokker aircraft perform a go around at JFK ? Tower could only allow one fokker on the runway at a time !
65 isitsafenow : LOL Wabbitt season.......Duck season........Wabbitt season............DUCK SEASON!!! I think you're on to something. "Hey, Jet Blue.....??" safe
66 Vee1rot8 : I was on an ANA 747 taxiing out to 22R at JFK a few years ago and while I was staring out of the window I saw 2 rabbits fornicating right there on the
67 CuriousFlyer : Should we worry about hare-borne diseases in airports? Hare transports!
68 Post contains links BWI757 : Here's a funny classic post about animals on a runway Air France Jet Met A Cow! (by FCKC Jul 6 2005 in Civil Aviation)#1 BWI757
69 Post contains links Viscount724 : Milan Linate (LIN) closed for several hours in 2007 to permit hares to be rounded up. Video link in following news item. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/1
70 yellowtail : Ever been to the airstrip in the middle of the wildebeast migration in the Masai Mara?
71 Post contains images richierich : Bunny stew coming up! Apologies - it was inevitable with the topic. Oh dear. They go from bad to bad to worse (not picking on gkirk)!
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