Base near Omaha getting anti-bird radar system from Panama City company

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) - Offutt Air Force Base will be getting a new radar system to help pilots avoid birds and the threat they pose to aircraft over the Omaha area.

An Offutt spokesman, 2nd Lt. Ken Scholz, says the $300,000 system is expected to arrive next week.

He says the system can give pilots immediate updates of hazards within a 5-mile radius.

Safety experts think birds were sucked into the engines of the US Airways jet that lost power and ditched into New York's Hudson River last month.

The new Offutt system comes from DeTect, Inc., which is based in Panama City, Fla.

The company says it has more than 40 systems operating worldwide.

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