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  • Apparent bird strike causes plane to crash land in Hudson

    It appears that everyone got off the plane.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/15/new.yo ... index.html
    If you're ever walking down the beach and you see a girl dressed in a bikini made out of seashells, and you pick her up and hold her to your ear, you can hear her scream.

  • #2
    Birdstrikes are nasty, messy and scary things. Flying turbine impeller blades can ruin more the the bird's day.

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    • #3
      Wow - that is quite a story.
      It sounds as though the pilots and crew members, as well as a lot of helpers from the shore, saved a lot of lives. Well done !!!

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      • #4
        Where are the cell phone videos when you need them? I want video from shore of this plane landing!!

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        • #5
          Well this didn't take long.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Airways_Flight_1549


          By landing successfully on water, the Captain had "achieved one of the most technically challenging and seldom attempted feats in commercial aviation".
          http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123205611103787217.html
          There are no strings on me

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          • #6
            so, how long will an Airbus float if the hull hasn't been breached?

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            • #7
              This whole story is amazing...first, putting the plane down so smoothly, without breaking it up, and then the fact that it seemed to float forever...

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              • #8
                With 750 million americans flown safety every year are the people on the bird plane super lucky or super unlucky?
                phsstt!

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                • #9
                  Relevant here that--amazingly enough--there have been zero fatalities on any major US airline in the last 2 years...a remarkable record considering the zillions of passenger-miles...

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                  • #10
                    Latest news is that both engines are missing from the plane. Apparently, that's not uncommon. They'll use sonar and probably find them somewhere on the bottom of the Hudson River.

                    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/17/nyreg ... shcnd.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by guru
                      Well this didn't take long.

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Airways_Flight_1549


                      By landing successfully on water, the Captain had "achieved one of the most technically challenging and seldom attempted feats in commercial aviation".
                      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123205611103787217.html
                      My gosh, 43 references in the Wiki article.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tandfman
                        Latest news is that both engines are missing from the plane. Apparently, that's not uncommon. They'll use sonar and probably find them somewhere on the bottom of the Hudson River....

                        Nah, my guess is the scrap-metal guys already pulled them last night and they're already in the Soprano chop-shop in East Tenafly.

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                        • #13
                          Video now on the web. Coast Guard footage from a camera on shore. Nothing happens for the first two minutes, so you can just forward to 2:00 and then look the the left of the screen and you'll start seeing stuff.
                          http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/01/ ... crash.html

                          First boat arrives at the right side of the plane four minutes after impact. Second boat pulls up to the left side of the plane 2 1/2 minutes later.

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                          • #14
                            http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/17/usair. ... index.html

                            Also video from port surveillance cameras.

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                            • #15
                              That CNN footage is amazing; it shows the landing very well. The Coast Guard video at nytimes.com really doesn't, although what it does do is convey a dramatic sense of the timing of the start of rescue in real time.

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