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Miracle on the Hudson
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 15, 2009

His name?

Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III.

What did he do? Deadsticked an A320 Airbus into the Hudson River after he lost power in both engines due to birdstrikes and made a perfect landing.

The crew then took charge and got the 150+ passengers out of the aircraft and onto rafts and then boats. Before the first media had arrived to cover the event, the passengers had been evacuated, landed and were on their way to area hospitals. As usual, NY's first responders were perfect.

There were no fatalites even though there were injuries. Freezing water, but no hypothermia because boats are on site within 3 minutes.

Heroic, miraculous, amazing.
 
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not just that, but something like half didn’t even need to go to the Hosp...

Some folks didn’t even get wet.

and Sulley is a GOD at the stick.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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They said the entire flight was all of 3 minutes from take-off to splash-down. The first boat was there in 2 to 3 minutes. That means from take-off till rescue by a boat was all of 6 minutes for some. Amazing.
 
Written By: McQ
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Clone that man!
 
Written By: Brown
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To paraphrase a favorite movie:

If it was a miracle, it was an Airbus A320 miracle with a good crew behind the stick.
 
Written By: Don
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This wouldn’t have happened at ALL, if people had taken the proper steps to reduce their carbon footprints and not flown commercial...take a train, ride a bike, walk, don’t go...especially the latter, don’t go. Don’t feed the beast, don’t contribute to the mega-technic Gaia-Raping System that is desroying the world!

Rather than a Miracle, think of it as a message from our Mother, Please Think Of Me And Please Don’t Fly.
 
Written By: Joe
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I see that data link to the moon is working again, Bruce.

 
Written By: Bithead
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But the Sarcasm Detector remains on the fritz...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Sarcasm? Was it indeed?
Getting harder all the time to tell.
I’ve no doubt that the argument has been seriously made somewhere.
 
Written By: Bithead
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It’s really hard to recall the last feat of airmanship so impressive. The Gimli Glider comes to mind, or United #232 into Sioux City, Iowa. (IIRC, it was many years before anyone survived #232 in a simulator.)

Captain Sullenberger could have missed that approach by one single hair and blown that airplane wide open up & down the river. We’ll probably never see that again in our lives. It’s as good as a day like that will ever get.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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I don’t want to knock on Sully, I would buy him a beer, but has there been any sort of improved instrumentation or qualification criteria introduced since 2001?
 
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