Sunday, January 18, 2009

Multiple Shots of Plane Landing in Hudson River, NY

Video of the Airbus A320 that splashed down in the Hudson on Thursday

This is by now all over the web but I just had to say how happy I am no one died and no one was hurt badly except the one member of the flight crew. Can I say how proud I am of my fellow New Yorkers who sped to the scene to help get people off this air bus? This whole event is hard to even get your mind around.

Just seconds after the first officer of US Airways Flight 1549, leaving La Guardia Airport and bound for Charlotte, N.C., pointed the nose of his jet into the sky, he noticed that there were birds on the right side — “in a perfect line formation.”

The plane’s captain, who had been busy watching the cockpit instruments, managing the radios and looking at charts, then looked up.

The windscreen, he told investigators, was filled with birds. The plane, at roughly 3,000 feet, was going at least 250 miles an hour. The captain’s first instinct, he said, was to duck.

Seconds later, flight attendants aboard the plane reported hearing a thud or a thump — a sound they had never heard before. The engines went quiet. And the plane’s captain, Chesley B. Sullenberger III, smelled something.

“Burning birds,” he told investigators.

Kinda like hitting a deer in the sky I would say! Thank God for a pilot with nerve!

New York Times

Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger

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