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Airplane in Hudson River After Failed Takeoff

by internetcox / January 15, 2009 7:24 AM PST

This is to scary!

A US Airways plane was down in the Hudson River on Thursday after attempting to take off from LaGuardia Airport, officials said. US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320, was headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said. A passenger said he was "pretty sure" everybody on the plane got out.

Raw Video: Plane crash victims rescued



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That pilot deserves all our praiose!
by Paul C / January 15, 2009 8:44 AM PST

That was the best piece of airmanship we've seen in a long time. 155 people aboard that plane and no one died? That was a true professional at work.

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Said the plane ran into a flock of geese
by Steven Haninger / January 15, 2009 9:11 PM PST

I just wonder what the geese feel about all these planes invading their air space.

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by EdHannigan / January 15, 2009 11:29 PM PST

I keep hearing them call it a "miracle" landing on the news. Skill and competence more like. Kudos to "Sully" Sullenberger, and his copilot.

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Add pilot, from BBC:
by drpruner / January 17, 2009 7:45 AM PST

Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III
Age 57, from Danville, California
Former Air Force fighter pilot
29 years with US Airways
Has own consulting business, Safety Reliability Methods Inc

Sign me up, Sully!

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The finest piece of flying I've ever heard of,
by Ziks511 / January 20, 2009 2:40 AM PST
In reply to: Add pilot, from BBC:

to incredibly gently set the aircraft down in such a way as to not let the engines dig in and cause the tail to rise up and the nose to dig in, and to keep the aircraft whole and sitting upright and safe so that everyone could evacuate, many without getting more than their feet and ankles wet. Just a superb piece of work.


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The big fright...
by J. Vega / January 20, 2009 2:54 AM PST

The big fright is digging in a wingtip first, as it may cause the aircraft to "pinwheel".

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That was one of the differences between
by drpruner / January 20, 2009 12:33 PM PST
In reply to: The big fright...

the Hudson and either the Atlantic or the New Jersey buildings.
A rescued civilian said he heard the copilot tell Sully 'no one has ever ditched successfully before, but you did it.'
I'm not sure what that means. Plenty pilots have gone into the water in combat, but usually [always?] with poorer results. I have read about Liberators and such going down. That's when you learn 'they don't glide, and they don't float.' Good flying, anyway.

Hey, why are we all getting so excited? "Former fighter pilot": Nobody was shooting at him this time, so it was a piece of cake! Happy

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Do planes usually land on the dock/piers?
by JP Bill / January 17, 2009 9:01 PM PST
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I don't remember that in the video.
by drpruner / January 18, 2009 12:31 AM PST

One report said the plane drifted downstream on a considerable current until a tugboat got it over to a pier.
One graphic I saw impressed me even more with the crew. The pilot was told to land at a Jersey airport- probably a good call based on the controller's knowledge- but the pilot flew what looked like a planned route to the river; of course he was actually ... ummm ... winging it. Happy (Hey, we can laugh about it now.)

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No,but I'll give you a BIG hint..........
by Tony Holmes / January 18, 2009 1:04 AM PST

That video was obviously taken from the Jersey side of the Hudson,most probably from Weehawken.

That's a Concorde owned by British Airways that you saw and it's sitting on a barge which is located at Pier 86.It's awaiting replacement onto it's host which was recently refurbished.

I for one think the USA Military got an excellent return on it's investment when it instilled the skills and disciplines needed for a fighter pilot to achieve this amazing feat.

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AND it was dead stick.
by drpruner / January 18, 2009 8:38 AM PST
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