Thursday, January 15, 2009

U.S. Airways Jet Crash called “Miracle on the Hudson”

The Best Airline Pilot on the Planet, Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

Headshot of the Perp a.k.a. "Canada Goose"

Diagram of the Canada Goose
Pilot “Sully” a National Hero

New York – A US Airways Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C., crashed into the Hudson River this afternoon shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport. All 155 passengers and crew on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank into the river.

The emergency landing has been described as nothing short of a “miracle” as the highly skilled pilot of the jet, Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, masterfully guided the aircraft down onto the river in a “controlled descent”, only after plowing into not one -- but at least two suspicious Canadian Geese who he flew into!

So what’s it like to have BOTH engines knocked out by a couple of Canadian Geese? That’s like having a fucking fly, well, fly right up both of your nostrils. At the same time.
Kaboom! Conk!

NTSB officials were on the scene to investigate, but the passengers and crew were in great hands with pilot Sully. This is one story that deserves a round of hero worship for a long time to come:

"He was phenomenal," passenger Joe Hart said. "He landed it — I tell you what — the impact wasn't a whole lot more than a rear-end (collision). It threw you into the seat ahead of you.
"Both engines cut out and he actually floated it into the river," he added.

Water landings are always scary, and require the best of conditions in addition to the best possible former U.S. AF pilots in town. Who can forget those poor bastards who crashed into the Florida Everglades where the passengers were met with crocodiles and other swamp vermin or the doomed flight that went down into the icy waters of the Potomac? Well, in addition to the 155 survivors of Flight 1549, we can all thank pilot Sully for a nightmare-free round of sleep tonight.

All I can say is, pilot Sully is the pilot I want flying MY plane from now on!



2Truthy said...

One other thing:

How is it that deadly "bird strikes" never happen to planes like AF One? Do high profile, non commercial jets like that have special technology in place to guard against this?

Citizen Carrie said...

Nice tribute to the pilot. And I LOVED the photo and diagram of the Canada goose.

Mr. CC and I had a conversation last night about, can you imagine a pilot going through something like that, and then having to turn around and fly again a short time later? At least passengers have the luxury of saying "I'm never going to fly again."

2Truthy said...

Pilot Sully for President!

One tangential thought, however related to current affairs: It's a tad ironic that this crash happened on the dawning of inaugurating our next president. The personal characteristics and attributes of this heroic pilot whose allegiance was to the lives of our own community (man, that plane could have taken out a lot of lives if it weren't in skilled hands) and not to some greedy globalist elites are what our "elected leaders" and their cronies are sorely missing.

But really, between NASA, CAB, and the FAA, something ought to be done to better protect those engines from these terrorizing Canadian Geese:)

Brian said...

I suppose if 19 Saudis who weren't afraid to die could bring down 4 American aircraft, it should be no surprise that 2 Canadian Suicide Geese could bring down a French Airbus in NYC.

2Truthy said...

Those Canadians. Always the bridesmaids but never the birde...make that "bride"...

Two flocks of geese, no less Canadian -- were no match for the skilled U.S. Airways pilot who, with courage and grace, fought them here so we wouldn't have to fight them in New Brunswick.

Kevout said...

Until the NTSB finds evidence to the contrary (i.e. shredded passports) they are Canada Geese that may well have hatched on the NJ shores.

BTW, you may want to reconsider your next helping of 'Goose Pate'

2Truthy said...

I suspect you are correct, Kevout.

It is also highly unlikely that the perps belonged to the lesser known, exotic Hawaiian Goose clan - notorious for their pretentious New Jersey accents.

Per 'goose pate' (re)considerations, I suggest you try the German Ganseleber, which can be made with chicken (either domestic or imported.)

Anonymous said...

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