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The perfect crash landing

Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River; all aboard reported safe – CNN.com

This has to be a miracle landing. The pilot, through his actions and cool approach has saved the lives of all on board the aircraft when it landed in the Hudson River. The potential catastrophe occurred because of bird strike just after take off. The pilot’s quick thinking and actions are to be commended.

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 Chelsey B. “Sully” Sullenberger.

“I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves,” said passenger Fred Berretta. “It was quite stunning.”

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.”

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

“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.” Video

US Airways CEO Doug Parker said 150 passengers and five crew
members — two pilots and three flight attendants — were on board.

The Coast Guard took aboard 35 people, according to Coast Guard Cmdr. Ron LeBrec.

“I had a long conversation with the pilot,” said New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg. “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.”

“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.

US Airways CEO Doug Parker said 150 passengers and five crew
members — two pilots and three flight attendants — were on board.

The Coast Guard took aboard 35 people, according to Coast Guard Cmdr. Ron LeBrec.

“I had a long conversation with the pilot,” said New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg. “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.”

“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.

“We circled around … 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 passenger
Kolodjay, who is from Norwalk, Connecticut, and was headed to Charlotte
to play golf.

Jerry Wallis, who said he was a private pilot, said he watched the plane go into the water.

“I’ve got to tell you, the people flying that airplane deserve all the recognition and commendation they can get,” Wallis said.

“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.”

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

“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.”

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One response to “The perfect crash landing

  1. coffee January 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

    I’m glad no one was hurt in the crash, sounds like the pilot did a great job

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