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« on: January 15, 2009, 09:04:21 PM »

breaking news....

Not sure on casualties yet, there are some survivors.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 09:06:56 PM »

some video here

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/livenow?id=6606424&rss=rss-cs-wabc-video-6606424
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 09:09:16 PM »

holy SHIT

They're saying that ALL 151 passengers survived!!

If this is true, the pilot is my new hero.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 09:11:43 PM »

Here's a Reuters photo. You kind of have to look at the "enlarged" photo to realize how big the plane really is:

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE50E7K420090115

Apparently it hit a flock of birds on takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. Does look like the pilot managed a perfect "soft" landing in the water so the plane was floating upright and passengers didn't need to hop into the freezing waters (they all seemed to be on the wings).

Maybe Airbus will use this in their presskit.  icon_razz

I wonder how they get that many people off the wings without disturbing the plane's floating "balance." From looking at the other pix, I guess they did inflate those front floating ramps, and some passengers were there as well on the wings.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 09:13:46 PM »

"[T]he plane, an Airbus 320, may have been hit by birds. "

No no no, the faster moving object always does the hitting.  The Airbus hit the birds. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 09:13:57 PM »

The pilot landed the damn thing ON the river.

Absolutely freakin' amazing.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2009, 09:15:50 PM »

Again they are reporting EVERYONE got off...holy shit!
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2009, 09:18:21 PM »

Give the pilot a longer contract I say.
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2009, 09:26:57 PM »

Quote from: walTer on January 15, 2009, 09:15:50 PM

Again they are reporting EVERYONE got off...holy shit!

Just heard on ABC, not only no deaths ... only 1 injury ... a small cut to one of the crew members.
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2009, 09:32:38 PM »

Quote from: Jeff on January 15, 2009, 09:26:57 PM

Quote from: walTer on January 15, 2009, 09:15:50 PM

Again they are reporting EVERYONE got off...holy shit!

Just heard on ABC, not only no deaths ... only 1 injury ... a small cut to one of the crew members.

There's a really great picture on MSNBC's home page right now of what looks to be the passengers standing on the slightly-submerged wing of the plane. 

Just wonderfull that things worked out this way. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2009, 09:36:29 PM »

Nice to know seaplanes are back in fashion...
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2009, 10:04:24 PM »

oddly enough they just celebrated 2 years without a US airliner having a fatality, or something like that.
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2009, 10:06:41 PM »

Quote from: Jeff on January 15, 2009, 09:26:57 PM

Quote from: walTer on January 15, 2009, 09:15:50 PM

Again they are reporting EVERYONE got off...holy shit!

Just heard on ABC, not only no deaths ... only 1 injury ... a small cut to one of the crew members.

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"The engine blew. There was fire everywhere and it smelled like gas," Jeff Kolodjay, from Norwalk, Connecticut, told Reuters on a midtown Manhattan quay. "People were bleeding all over. We hit the water pretty hard. It was scary."
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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2009, 11:00:44 PM »

Engine suck!
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2009, 11:26:01 PM »

An eye whitness that saw the wholething and I think works in the news business said the plane came in low and at speed when it hit thewater. She said it did not skip or glide across the water but just kinda splashed down and stopped almost instantly. Amazing that the plane was fully intact. Great pilot and a well made plane.

EDIT: They just said the pilot is a former F4 Phantom pilot. Woot. Also states he walked the plane twice looking for passengers.
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2009, 12:34:13 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on January 15, 2009, 10:04:24 PM

oddly enough they just celebrated 2 years without a US airliner having a fatality, or something like that.

and they still are.
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2009, 05:41:30 PM »

A little piece on the way the pilot handled things.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/01/15/usairways.landing/index.html
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2009, 08:32:53 PM »

this has to be the most successful splash down of a large jet in a crowded area in history.  hell, most water landings make it obvious why you don't try this kind of thing unless you have no chance of making it to land
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2009, 08:42:47 PM »

Random note, the pilot lives in the town that I grew up and where my folks still live.
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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2009, 09:06:26 PM »

"Somehow" the pilot's school records have been leaked...
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2009, 09:15:41 PM »

I knew there was another water landing of a jumbo jet in recent time. Finally found it. It was a hijacked jumbo and it crashed close to a beach. This is what i always picture when i hear water landing of a jumbo jet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xJF9DqteBY

The left wing grabs the surface and its all over from there. Although there were survivors Im sure others died.
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2009, 10:37:49 PM »

They're saying both engines shut down at the same time. Birds in sync? We'll see....
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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2009, 10:45:12 PM »

Another random note: Anyone see the hot ferry captain (Brittany something) that was first on the scene?
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« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2009, 06:35:53 PM »

On the radio news today they said an engine on this plane had suffered a compression failure just 2 days before.

Maybe this is too much to ask but if I were a airline user id want the work records and stuff made public of any plane I was going to be flying on so I could make my own informed choice as to wether I wanted to fly on that plane or not.
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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2009, 06:44:17 PM »

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 18, 2009, 10:45:12 PM

Another random note: Anyone see the hot ferry captain (Brittany something) that was first on the scene?

TTIWWOP
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« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2009, 06:49:16 PM »

US Airways gave $5000 per passenger for lost luggage. 
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« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2009, 07:39:53 PM »

But I had a $80,000 ring for my wife in the suitcase!

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Another random note: Anyone see the hot ferry captain (Brittany something) that was first on the scene?

Brittany Catanzaro. She is only 2o years old.

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« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2009, 07:41:48 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 20, 2009, 06:49:16 PM

US Airways gave $5000 per passenger for lost luggage. 

Not bad for a dip in the Hudson
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« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2009, 10:03:09 PM »

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 18, 2009, 10:45:12 PM

Another random note: Anyone see the hot ferry captain (Brittany something) that was first on the scene?

I'd let her go down on my Hudson River, if you know what I mean.
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« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2009, 10:17:27 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on January 20, 2009, 10:03:09 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 18, 2009, 10:45:12 PM

Another random note: Anyone see the hot ferry captain (Brittany something) that was first on the scene?

I'd let her go down on my Hudson River, if you know what I mean.

no? Can you elaborate on that?
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« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2009, 10:23:59 PM »

Quote from: Razgon on January 20, 2009, 10:17:27 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 20, 2009, 10:03:09 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 18, 2009, 10:45:12 PM

Another random note: Anyone see the hot ferry captain (Brittany something) that was first on the scene?

I'd let her go down on my Hudson River, if you know what I mean.

no? Can you elaborate on that?

maybe slang for golden shower?

but then again, the Hudson River is more brown.....

Brown Shower?
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« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2009, 10:49:31 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on January 20, 2009, 06:35:53 PM

On the radio news today they said an engine on this plane had suffered a compression failure just 2 days before.

Maybe this is too much to ask but if I were a airline user id want the work records and stuff made public of any plane I was going to be flying on so I could make my own informed choice as to wether I wanted to fly on that plane or not.

You mean compressor failure. Not sure what that has to do with the engine failure due to the bird strike a couple of days later. If you want to review the work records of any airliner, you better have a lot of time beforehand. I would estimate the aircraft that went down has between 10k-20k pages of maintenance records and documents. US Airways probably has a dozen people just to keep track of maintenance records of their aircraft.
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« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2009, 01:08:27 AM »

Quote from: mori on January 20, 2009, 10:49:31 PM

US Airways probably has a dozen people just to keep track of maintenance records of their aircraft.

If not more. My father was chief of maintenance on a private jet for 17 years, and when the jet would be gone on a trip, people would ask him what he would be doing since he had nothing to do while it was gone. Are you kidding?!? That was his time to catch up on the paperwork - mounds of it.
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« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2009, 03:44:49 PM »

FYI: The pilot will be on Larry King Live, Monday night at 9EDT.
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