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Miracle on the Hudson

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A USAir A320 flight 1549 taking off from Laguadia to Charlotte NC has ditched into the Hudson River following a reported bird strike of geese. The excellent piloting skills of the crew resulted in no reported (as of yet) injuries. He evidently had the foresight to put her down right in Midtown Manhattan where ferries, and the Circle Line tour boats were based. The first boat on the scene was a New York Waterway ferry which aided in the evacuation. As of now the aircraft is still afloat and they are trying to tow it closer to shore before she goes under. My hats off to the crew for for minimizing what could have been a real tragedy.

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I'm amazed that this happened a little over an hour and a half ago, and we already know so many details. News media these days :(.Glad there were no casualties. I do want to point out, though, that the bird strike was still unconfirmed...And, of course, good job by the pilots!

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I am in awe of their composure and ability to put it down in one piece on the hudson the way they did.The DP out of LGA is pretty busy and even on a good day you are A**holes and elbows till over jersey.I am dying to hear the crews side of this. I am extremely proud of them all. Alessandro Dallago

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Great job by the pilots. I heard on CNN that the pilot reported a double bird strike...

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Absolutely incredible job by the crew on this - to my knowledge this is the first completely successful (no fatalities) water ditching of a large jet.

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Simply amazing. The entire flight crew are heros!

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Local news says the pilot reported flying into a flock of geese. Passengers interviewed have confirmed that the left engine was destroyed, didn't hear anything about the right engine but they have said that the pilot reported a double bird strike and that they lost power in both engines. It was said they were going to divert to Teterboro but they obviously did not make it. (At 3,200 feet in an A320 with no engines, you don't exactly have a lot of options.) Last live pic showed the plane had been towed to a pier. It's listing to the right quite a bit, though it's hard to say exactly why.

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Brilliant job by the crew. I'm reminded how difficult this would have been to execute if it had occured only three hours later under darkness. The only thing that concerned me more about the incident is the lack of aviation knowledge shown by some popular newscasters as they wildly speculate over the facts...

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Local news says the pilot reported flying into a flock of geese. Passengers interviewed have confirmed that the left engine was destroyed, didn't hear anything about the right engine but they have said that the pilot reported a double bird strike and that they lost power in both engines. It was said they were going to divert to Teterboro but they obviously did not make it. (At 3,200 feet in an A320 with no engines, you don't exactly have a lot of options.) Last live pic showed the plane had been towed to a pier. It's listing to the right quite a bit, though it's hard to say exactly why.
The left (port side?) engine is gone? If it is listing to the right, then maybe that is because there is more weight on the right side since the other engine is gone??

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I've seen videos and such on Flightlevel350.com and I marvelled at how smooth the US Airways pilots set the plane down.Now, I'm absolutely in love with them! :( B) This is incredible. Tabs, you are correct. Right in the Hudson River as well. I can't commend the pilots with strong enough words.These are for the pilots: :( :( :(LOL!A job well done...needless to say I hope to fly them one day!

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"Bravo Zulu" to the pilots and cabin crew! Glad everyone made it out OK.Tim

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I can only join those who point out the perfect (yes, I would say perfect) job of the pilots. An Airbus in one piece after that!

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God bless him.It surprises me how one little animal--a goose--can flame out an airplane engine.Forgive my ignorance, but they run all kinds of tests on these engines, including feeding it birds. How come it survives those? Is it because of the greater velocity in real life?

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Like lots in life-being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I face near bird strikes all the time where I fly (ga though). Usually you miss...I saw one this summer that was not so pretty-but ended up not a problem. Most of the time it isn't. Sometimes you win the inverse lottery..

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Talk about an extreme case of being very unlucky (for crashing), and yet at the same time, being very lucky (for surviving).You can just imagine the flight crew having visions of the Air Florida disaster going through their head when they had to decide between landing in the freezing cold water versus putting it on the ground.I look forward to reading the cockpit transcripts... I'm sure they'll make for a good read.

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This just from Cnn:"More than 56,000 bird strikes were reported to the FAA from 1998 to 2004, according to the group's Web site."...and some complain about the inclusion of "animals" in fsx?!I have two flocks of birds at my fsx local airport thanks to instant scenery!..and yes-I usually see that many, have a warning on atis, and have come somewhat close though with a piston aircraft might be more messy than anything-experienced that at Bar Harbor Maine this summer when a 310 came in landing while I was waiting for my release-cut thru a whole flock of seagulls sending bodies flying towards me-left carnage all over the runway-and he started a go around and then aborted.Was hard taking off dodging all the bloody bird bodies that were left on the runway on takeoff...but was glad all the bodies didn't hit me while I was waiting.Never the less-it was not an on the centerline line takeoff -more a zig zag the whole way as I tried to dodge the carnage...

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I wonder did he have the landing lights on after take-off.Peter Sydney Australia

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My classmates and I rushed out of class when we heard what happened and I was shocked to see that a plane was floating down the Hudson! I couldn't believe what I was seeing! I'm so happy that everyone got out alive. The pilot has skill!The co-pilot is quoted saying that "no one's ever had a successful ditch before. You pulled it off" to the pilot. Aren't ditches usually pretty successful? (Something like 80% i saw in a documentary once)

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My classmates and I rushed out of class when we heard what happened and I was shocked to see that a plane was floating down the Hudson! I couldn't believe what I was seeing! I'm so happy that everyone got out alive. The pilot has skill!The co-pilot is quoted saying that "no one's ever had a successful ditch before. You pulled it off" to the pilot. Aren't ditches usually pretty successful? (Something like 80% i saw in a documentary once)
I think they lump all the GA statistics in that figure (there are 30-40 GA ditchings a year). The news media reported the last successful commercial ditch was in 1940 but we know how accurate the media is... :(Here is a good link on ditching-http://www.equipped.org/bschiff-ditching.htm

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I think they lump all the GA statistics in that figure (there are 30-40 GA ditchings a year). The news media reported the last successful commercial ditch was in 1940 but we know how accurate the media is... :( Here is a good link on ditching-http://www.equipped.org/bschiff-ditching.htm
It's amazing when you think it's a modern Jetliner, ditching in a very busy waterway. Hearing of this accident and the amazing outcome was one of those "warm and fuzzy" feelings that equal watching the U.S. 1980 Olympic Hockey team win the Gold Medal.Regards,John

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If Sully is maxed out ,He is worth more than $125 per hour, Great job!

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Would be nice if somebody creates a short flightplan.Abe

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