Thursday afternoon an A-320 US Airways plane with 155 passengers and crew had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff.. Its reported that an engine and possibly 2 failed after some geese hit the engines... What happened after that is nothing short of heroic and cool under pressure..
The pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger who is a former USAF fighter pilot and has worked for US Airways since 1980 made the most perfect, most improbable landing on the cold waters of the Hudson River.. And while not only landing the plane perfectly and keeping it intact, he also helped the passengers and made sure everyone of them were safely removed from the plane.
Sources tell CNN that Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger was piloting US Airways flight 1549 from New York's LaGuardia airport to Charlotte, North Carolina, when at least one of the plane's engines failed.
Passenger Jeff Kolodjay offered "kudos" to Sullenberger for a landing that minimized damage to the aircraft and its 155 passengers and crew.
"All of a sudden the captain came on and he told us to brace ourselves and probably brace ourselves pretty hard. But he did an amazing job -- kudos to him on that landing," said Kolodjay, who was sitting in seat 22A.
Sullenberger's wife told CNN that she was stunned to hear the news from her husband after it was all over.
"I hadn't been watching the news. I've heard Sully say to people, 'It's rare for an airline pilot to have an incident in their career,' " said Lori Sullenberger of Danville, California.
"When he called me he said, 'There's been an accident.' At first I thought it was something minor, but then he told me the circumstances and my body started shaking and I rushed to get our daughters out of school."
US Airways said all 155 passengers and crew are alive and safely off the plane.
Sullenberger apparently was forced to make an emergency landing after geese were sucked into one or both of the jet's engines. An eyewitness working on the west side of Manhattan said the belly of the plane touched the water first.
An official who heard tape recordings of the radio traffic from Flight 1549 reported the pilot was extraordinarily calm during the event.Berretta was sitting in seat 16A right over one of the engines when it failed and the pilot turned the plane to align it with the Hudson River. He described silence in the plane as the passengers waited to hear from the crew.
A few moments later, the direction to brace for landing came.
The full story here...http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/01/15...ing/index.html
Absolutely wonderful job sir... God Bless you.