Successful Emergency Plane Landing in the Hudson River

Posted on January 15, 2009  Comments (3)

photo of airplane in Hudson riverPhoto of a plane that crash landed in the Hudson River, New York, by jkrums.

emergency landing in river by New York City

A US Airways Airbus A320, Flight 1549, has made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a failed attempt to take off near Manhattan. There were 148 passengers and five crew on the flight to Charlotte from LaGuardia Airport. The plane took off at 3:26 PM EST (UTC-5) and went down minutes later. All aboard survived the landing.

The United States Coast Guard has reported that they have sent units to the scene of the incident, and that a nearby ferry was giving life jackets to survivors. According to witnesses, the plane landed in the river, making a large splash in the water, at a somewhat gradual angle.

“This looked like a controlled descent,” said Bob Read, who witnessed the incident from his office.

A source told The Wall Street Journal that the plane initially was maneuvering to make an emergency landing at nearby Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, but lost too much altitude and had to ditch in the river.

Unconfirmed reports are citing the pilot as saying that the plane encountered a flock of geese and that some of them went into each of the jet’s engines, leading to a loss of powered flight. Passengers told the press that they heard a loud bang shortly after takeoff.

A Federal Aviation Administration official said that the plane was only airborne for three minutes. For these rare waterlandings, pilots are trained to bring the plane down as they would on land, but with the landing gear still stowed.

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3 Responses to “Successful Emergency Plane Landing in the Hudson River”

  1. Rene Wilkins
    January 16th, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

    That was a remarkable story. Those people are so blessed to have made it through with only a few injuries. This was one story I did not mind see on the news over and over again. I’m not sure if it will increase or decrease the number of people flying. I know I would feel better if I knew that the pilot had the same kind of training and quick thinking as “Sully” Sullenberger.

  2. Anonymous
    January 18th, 2009 @ 4:36 am

    It was a real heroic of the Pilot Chesley Sullenberger who successfully landed the plane into Hudson river. Had it been landed on plain land, it might have been a disaster. Thanks God that the veteran pilot intelligently decided to land it into water, in stead of land. People like Chesley Sullenberger are the real heroes in our society who come forward to rescue many others, without thinking about themselves.

  3. Escrever para o momento ou para a posteridade? « Rodrigo Ghedin
    June 30th, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    [...] No fim das contas, a história se repete: Twitter, FriendFeed, microblogs em geral não são os algozes dos canais mais antigos, como o blog e a “velha mídia”. Eles vêm para complementar. Citando exemplo levantado pelo Scoble, alguém consegue achar, no Twitter, o tweet com a foto daquele avião que pousou no rio Hudson, alguns meses atrás? No Google, é fácil. [...]

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