Bird strikes on jets flying in and out of Honolulu International Airport and other airports around the state are not uncommon, according aviation records.
Between 2001 and 2004, the FAA said airplanes struck more than 305 birds in Hawaii.
On Thursday, a US Airways plane crashed into New York's Hudson River after what authorities describe as a bird strike that disabled two engines shortly after takeoff.
KITV spoke to retired Aloha Airlines pilot Dave Wilson about the bird strike issue in 2004.
"If it hits the engine, it happens so fast that it sounds like a miniature explosion when the bird gets ingested," said Wilson.
Records show that three plans aborted their takeoffs in the islands between 2001 and 2004. Four other planes turned around and made precautionary landings.
FAA records showed that the most frequent victim of airplanes in Hawaii is the Pacific Golden Plover.