I know that everyone is using the word miracle. But this Sully guy, the
pilot, pulled off a textbook landing of something that nobody gets to
He landed a commercial passenger jet on a busy river and everybody survived!
That is remarkable feat and the best news I have read in a long time. Way
to go Sully!
I saw it - I saw the ferry there but where was homeland defense ???
Zodiac boats ?? Machine guns ?? was this a threat or was it revenge ?
Where was the 'home guard' ? I see the latest - post rescue some showed
up - but really.....
Lee Michaels wrote:
boats show up later. Just goes to show that in an emergency, whoever is
closest is the first responder. And can perform valuable services to the
You have to admit, in case of a water landing, you couldn't get much better
emergency services than on the Hudson river. It is well serviced by
numerous agencies with impressive training, watercraft, helicopters, etc.
I get a kick out of those pictures of the people standing on the wing. They
look like they are standing on the water. A little bit of walk on water
But it looked awfully cold out there. I wouldn't want to be standing around
in that water, in that weather, for very long.
the Hudson, and I heard the chief of the NY Waterways company (private
entity) explain how much they train for emergency work. My hat off and a
salute to those guys!
The air was 30F or less, the water 41F. There was not too much of a
breeze yesterday. All in all the conditions could very easily have been
much worse. However, Captain Sully did an absolutely marvelous job
putting the plane there so gently. Next time I fly, I hope he, or
someone equally capable is at the controls.
He's 57 years old. In three years, due to FAA ruling, he'll be
retired. What a shame, all that valuable experience offline because
he's 60. My dad was a commercial pilot and started in the biz before
the FAA came into being...he had a lot of gripes about the agency, but
the biggest was the mandatory retirement age. And that was 40-odd
years ago. Put yourself in the cabin and answer this: Who do I want
flying me around in this death-trap?
Great job by all concerned!
I'm impressed! It was an amazing demonstration of of piloting skill,
experience, and judgment all coming together to produce the best of
outcomes from a very difficult situation.
Cudos to the entire flight crew - they exercised courage and kept their
cool when that was of paramount importance, and (it would appear) did a
magnificent job of helping the passengers keep theirs.
Cudos, also, to the ferry captains (and their crews!) for their quick
response - and to the ferry management that made the decision to have
their crews train for this eventuality.
Hmm - not only did I manage to mis-spell "Kudos" twice, I took for
granted the folks who designed and built the Airbus that didn't lose its
structural integrity in the water landing. Methinks they deserve praise,
aircraft. This allows them to stay afloat longer in case of a "water
landing". That is some good thinking/engineering.
And the Airbus folks were very impressed with the landing as well. They had
good things to say about the pilot.
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