Airplane crash lands into the Hudson River

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  1. Wolf

    Wolf The Lone Wolf

    I'm glad the pilot landed the plane safely and everybody was safe!

    Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River; all aboard reported safe -

    NEW YORK (CNN) -- A US Airways plane with 155 people on board went into a chilly Hudson River, apparently after striking at least one bird upon takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, according to officials and passengers.
    iReporter Julie Pukelis used a camera and a telescope to get this view of the scene in the river.

    Everyone on board was accounted for and alive, officials said. About 15 people were being treated at hospitals and others were being evaluated at triage centers.

    Flight 1549, headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.

    The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and declared an emergency, a New Jersey State Police source said.

    Sources identified the pilot as Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger.

    "I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves," said passenger Fred Berretta. "It was quite stunning." Video Watch passenger describe landing »

    He said he was expecting the plane to flip over and break apart, but it did not.

    "It was a great landing," Berretta said.
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    Air traffic controllers at LaGuardia saw the plane clear the George Washington Bridge by less than 900 feet before gliding into the water about 3:31 p.m., an aviation source told CNN. Are you there? Send images

    Witness Ben Vonklemperer said he watched the plane from the 25th floor of an office building.

    "If someone's going to land a plane in the water, this seemed the best possible way to do it," Vonklemperer said. "The way they hit it was very gradual. A very slow contact with the water."

    US Airways CEO Doug Parker said it would be premature to speculate about the cause of the accident until the National Transportation Safety Board, which is sending a team to the site, completed an investigation.

    A source familiar with the situation, however, told CNN the pilot reported a double bird strike, but it was unclear whether that meant birds in both engines or two birds in one engine.

    The pilot initially said he needed to go back, and air traffic controllers started to give him clearance to do so, but the pilot said he wanted to head to Teterboro, New Jersey, because it was closer. That was the last transmission from the pilot, the source said.

    Passenger Alberto Panero said that within a few minutes after takeoff, he heard a loud bang and smelled smoke.

    "That's when we knew we were going down and into the water. We just hit, and somehow the plane stayed afloat and we were able to get on the raft. It's just incredible right now that everybody's still alive."

    Passenger Jeff Kolodjay of Norwalk, Connecticut, said he was sitting in seat 22A, near one of the engines.

    "The captain came on and said, 'Look, we're going down. Brace for impact.' Everyone looked at each other and we said our prayers. I said about five Hail Marys," said Kolodjay, who was headed to Charlotte to play golf.

    "The plane started filling with water pretty quick," he said. "It was scary. There was a lady with her baby on my left-hand shoulder, and she was crawling over the seats."

    Police, fire and Coast Guard boats, along with commercial ferries, were quickly on the scene as passengers lined up on slightly submerged safety chutes.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said later Thursday that the plane was tied to a pier at Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. As night fell, Coast Guard and FDNY boats remained at the scene.

    President Bush commended those involved in the rescue. "Laura and I are inspired by the skill and heroism of the flight crew as well as the dedication and selflessness of the emergency responders and volunteers who rescued passengers from the icy waters of the Hudson," he said.

    Bloomberg also commended the pilot for not leaving the plane until he had checked to make sure everyone had been been evacuated.

    "It would appear that the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that everybody got out," Bloomberg said.

    "I had a long conversation with the pilot," Bloomberg said. "He walked the plane twice after everybody else was off, and tried to verify that there was nobody else on board, and assures us there were not."

    "There is a heroic pilot," said Gov. David Paterson. "We have had a miracle on 34th Street, I believe we now have a miracle on the Hudson."

    The temperature in New York was 20 degrees about the time of the crash off Manhattan's west side.

    Dr. Gabriel Wilson, associated medical director of the emergency room at Roosevelt Hospital, said 55 survivors were checked out and cleared to leave from the scene.

    Those being treated at hospitals included a husband and wife with hypothermia at Roosevelt Hospital, as well as a flight attendant with a leg fracture, hospital spokeswoman Michelle Stiles said.

    Since 1975, five large jetliners have had major accidents in which bird strikes played a role, according to the Web site of Bird Strike Committee USA, a volunteer group dedicated to reducing the frequency and severity of the strikes.

    More than 56,000 bird strikes were reported to the FAA from 1998 to 2004, according to the group's Web site.

    People who believe they may have had relatives on the flight may call US Airways at 1-800-679-8215 within the United States, the airline said.
  2. semipenguin

    semipenguin Cheeseburger Connoisseur

  3. ProperModulation

    ProperModulation Green Type of Tube

    amazing. the pilots did a perfect job ditching in the river. and we shouldn't forget the cabin crew who got all those people safely off the aircraft. serving drinks and crappy meals is only secondary to their real job of handling situations just like this.
  4. kingchuck69

    kingchuck69 Joker! Joker! Joker!

    The pilot of the plane, Chesley Sullenburger needs a huge reward for safely landing that plane.
  5. limegrass69

    limegrass69 Confused

    This pilot is a hero. They are also lucky it happened where it did. I don't think that there is any other city in the US that can respond to something of this magnitude with huge rescue resources in such a short period of time.
  6. v1ru5

    v1ru5 Well-Known Member

    And right now mayor Bloomberg is handing out awards to the Police and EMS for basically doing their jobs so I want to honor the real hero's, the Ferry Boat Pilots and crew who came to the rescue, the private boat owners who came to the rescue, and the Circle Line captain and crew who came to the rescue.:ter::ter:
  7. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    I hope he didn't spill his drink!

    Amazing job on everybody's part.
    When you look at how much boat traffic is on the Hudson, it could have gotten really messy really quickly.

    I think the Flock of Seagulls was the only fatality! They should have stayed with running instead of flying.

    It amazes me that we haven't seen any video yet. You would think there was something on tape in NYC. Especially after 911.
  8. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    The pilot, crew, ferry boat operator and NYC emergency personnel kicked some serious ass on this one. Way to go! :clap:
  9. antsie

    antsie Well-Known Member

    Nicely put, I totally agree!! They all ROCK!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
  10. Sirius Rich

    Sirius Rich Well-Known Member

    America needs a hero. This pilot may be the one.
  11. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    It is so unusual to see these kind of things happen and there be one or two survivors, but here we have a case were everyone survives. WOW! What a great thing!
  12. deedee

    deedee Active Member

    Big Cities to Small Towns when a stranger holds out their hands to another stranger to help in anyway they can to save a life to me they are all "Hero's".

    I'm so proud of "MY CITY". Proud of all of the people who come and go here from all over the world who make up the heart of the city.

    From the wounderful Pilot to His Co-Workers on the Airplane and as v1ru5 named everyone who held out their hands and to just the average "Joe" passing on the street the word "Hero" belongs to them all !! :inlove:

  13. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    Bring this piliot to DC and put in the parade on Tuesday!


    How about a tickertape one in NY?
  14. v1ru5

    v1ru5 Well-Known Member

    I forgot to give the pilot his props. As a matter of fact I was surprised that a major airline had a pilot that old. I thought there was a mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots.
  15. antsie

    antsie Well-Known Member

    I'm glad they didn't have a age limit :)
  16. v1ru5

    v1ru5 Well-Known Member

    I know those passengers are happy. I would like to think that if I was in that situation I would have the presence of mind and the coolness that Captain Scully has.
  17. ProperModulation

    ProperModulation Green Type of Tube

    I think it was 60 and is now 65 for mandatory retirement.
  18. Evil_Ernie

    Evil_Ernie Smell my finger

    Ask and ye shall receive...Coast Guard footage (the plane shows up at the 2:00 mark):

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  19. v1ru5

    v1ru5 Well-Known Member

    I could have sworn I heard he is 67.
  20. v1ru5

    v1ru5 Well-Known Member

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