Video shows landing that saves 155 lives – U.S. Airways flight 1549 now retrieved from Hudson River

January 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — U.S. Airways flight 1549, which made a dramatic crash-landing (video below) in the Hudson River in New York has been retrieved.  A giant crane hoisted the plane onto a barge late on Saturday afternoon, three days after hero pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger made a split-second decision to attempt a water landing to avoid a possibly catastrophic crash over populated areas. Sullenberger who made the miraculous landing told investigators that in the few minutes he had to decide where to set the plane down, he felt it was ‘too low, too slow’ and near too many buildings to go anywhere else but the water.

While much of the plane’s top half looked relatively untouched,the aircraft’s torn and shredded underbelly revealed the force with which it had hit the water. Its right wing appeared charred, some pieces of metal dropped from the plane as it was maneuvered in the darkness, and the skin of the destroyed right engine looked like it had peeled off. Investigators retrieved the plane’s black boxes, which were sped immediately to Washington.

While Sullenberger guided the gliding jet over the George Washington Bridge and looked for a place to land,the co-pilot kept trying to restart the engines, while checking off emergency landing procedures on a three-page list that the crew normally begins at 35,000 feet. Pilots are trained to set down near a ship if they have to ditch, so they can be rescued before sinking, and Sullenberger picked a stretch of water near Manhattan’s commuter ferry terminals. Rescuers were able to arrive within minutes. It all happened so fast, the crew never threw the aircraft’s ‘ditch switch’, which seals off vents and holes in the fuselage to make it more seaworthy.

CNN got hold of video surveillance camera shots capturing the landing of flight 1549 into the Hudson River. In the third shot of the plane coming down you get a better sense of the impact made when the plane hit the water. Inside the plane, two flight attendants likened it to a hard landing – nothing more. There was one impact, no bounce, then a gradual deceleration.


2 Responses to “Video shows landing that saves 155 lives – U.S. Airways flight 1549 now retrieved from Hudson River”

  1. sotiriosmellos on January 18th, 2009 2:24 pm

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  2. Jim on January 18th, 2009 6:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, though video is not so clear. Usually surveillance videos are not very high quality. That’s why i dont normally watch those. But is incredible. He is great.

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