In an attempt to prevent bird strikes, or birds flying into the engines of aircraft, Narita Airport has begun working with a professional falconer to conduct a series of tests.
Although such collisions can cause serious and even catastrophic accidents, no solution has yet been found to prevent such accidents from occurring.
Last year, there were 62 bird strikes at Narita airport, TBS reported Wednesday.
From Aug 11 to Aug 17, airport officials are working side by side with a professional falconer to conduct a series of tests. The falconer walks along the runway for two hours in the morning and late afternoon, with a hawk on his arm.
Airport officials said that so far, birds seemed to have been frightened away by the hawk, TBS reported.
Summer months are considered the "peak season" for bird strikes to occur.© Japan Today