Some are calling the survival of 155 passengers a miracle. Maybe. I think that a well-trained pilot with a well-trained crew flying a well-designed airplane should be able to safely land a damaged plane. This is why we train. We train for emergencies. I’m glad that everyone is safe.
More from NYT:
All 150 passengers and 5 crew members aboard a US Airways flight bound for Charlotte, N.C., escaped safely minutes after the plane took off from LaGuardia Airport and then plunged into the icy Hudson River.
Moments after the pilot of the plane, a twin jet Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C., glided the aircraft to an emergency landing on the river, a veritable flotilla of small craft converged on the crippled plane and began rescuing the freezing passengers who had gathered on the wings.
“It would appear the pilot did a masterful job of landing in the river and making sure everybody got out,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at an early evening news conference. “I had a long conversation with the pilot, he walked the plane twice and made sure that everybody was out.”
The pilot was identified as Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger, III, 57, of Danville, Calif.
Some of the passengers were taken to hospitals in New York and New Jersey. Several were treated for hypothermia and a variety of mior injuries. It was one of the coldest days of the year in New York City, with the air temperature in the 20s, the wind chill making it feel like 11 degrees, and the water temperature in the Hudson about 40 degrees. (more… )