Ravings From The Bog

USAir Near-Disaster – Amazing Pilot!
January 19, 2009, 1:19 am
Filed under: America, Life, New York, News, Technology, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , ,

Incredible      1 1526 local time (2026 GMT): Flight 1549 takes off from LaGuardia airport
      2 1527 (2027 GMT): Pilot Chesley Sullenberger reports birds hitting engines
      3 1528 (2028 GMT): Pilot told to land at Teterboro airfield
      4 1531 (2031 GMT): Pilot ditches plane in Hudson River

The above graphic illustrates the quick thinking and fast reaction times that saved the 155 people on board Flight 1549 in New York last week. From taking off to hitting the water took just five minutes. Just incredible! 

I know this happened a few days ago, but I wanted to record my admiration for this pilot and crew and I also hope that I would be just as decisive and reactive in a crisis. Not much chance of that…

It’s nice to report some good news for a change too.


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I agree that “Sully” and his crew did a fantastic job, praise should also go to many of the passengers aswell though. Apparently a few organised the evacuation, opened the doors calmed panic, and had people out of the plane within a few SECONDS of it coming to a halt.


Comment by noseycow

There was an interesting related article in yesterday’s (or Wednesday’s) Independent. A columnist was saying that he’d heard lots of pilots being commended in the past for being selfless in crashing away from schools or built-up areas to avoid casualties on the ground. Tongue-in-cheek, he was saying that he likes his pilots being selfish, in that they should be thinking “how can I survive this?” as they’re in the front pointy end of the aircraft and if they’re OK, then he’d be OK! Quite a humourous approach, I thought.

Comment by Bog Raver

There was ascouse comedian (don’t know his name) on the radio recently saying that due to the hero-worship that this feller has received, other pilots will be jealous.

He reckoned they’d all be thinking “I could do that!” and claiming to have hit a starling or two would be looking to ditch in the first bit of water they came across.

I’m not going flying anywhere near water for a while, until the fuss dies down.

Comment by NobblySan

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