Friday, January 15, 2010

Miracle on the Hudson - One Year Later

It's hard to believe that one year ago today US Airways #1549 made its heroic landing on the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The impact resulted in the loss of both engines and the aircraft was landed in the Hudson River by Captain Chesley Sullenberger with no loss of life and relatively few injuries. Truly an amazing piece of airmanship and a positive story given the economic woes over the past year.

The Hat Trick read a good account of the water landing and the background of the Airbus A-320 aircraft involved in the accident: Fly By Wire: The Geese, The Glide, The Miracle on the Hudson by William Langewiesche. It's a pretty easy read and I highly recommend some good background on how the water landing was even made possible.

Given these turbulent times it's great to know there are some heroes still left out there.

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