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US Airways plane crashes in Hudson River

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from cbc news :

Bloomberg said he had a long conversation with the pilot, who told him he walked the length of the plane twice after the crash and was last one up the aisle to make sure no one was behind him


hats off to that pilot !

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I've mentioned this guy before. He flies A320s for one of the big US carriers. His posts are occasionally banal, but more often fascinating. Here are his thoughts on the US Air riverboat (it's the post for January 21):


Dave's a good guy and I enjoy his blog very much. I've yet to catch him on his swings through YYZ-land.

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One of the reports I read said that rescuers reported that the engines were not attached to the aircraft. IIRC Airbus designs their aircraft so that the engine will sheer off on impact while Boeing designs theirs so that the engines remain attached.

I wonder what difference it would have made to the river landing if two big scoops had remained attached to the bottom of the wing?

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One engine remained on the wing and the other sheared at impact. Surprisingly the differential drag did not appear to adversely affect the landing.

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Taken from Airlinecrew.net Continental board....

CVR from the USAir crash

Cockpit Voice Recorder

Here is the transcript from the voice recorder from the Hudson River Crash

PIC is a Pilot in Command, SIC is Second in Command, you all know who Sully is

SIC: "Number two's gone, boss."

Sully: "I know it! What do I look like, an R-22 pilot (that's a baby helicopter a real egg beater)? Just shut the f*cker down, boy. Oh, and tell Departure that we need to come back in and land. F*cking birds..."

SIC: "Sheesh, somebody got up on the wrong side of his throne this morning. You don't have to insult me just because I got my commercial helicopter rating in the mighty Robinson. Oh, and by the way, sir, we're not climbing, if you even care. Maybe your decision to take on that extra 5,000 pounds of fuel wasn't so hot, Captain."

Sully: "One more comment like that and I'll make sure the union keeps you in RJ's for the rest of your miserable, short career."

Sully: "SON OF A *****!"

SIC: "Number one's failing, boss."

Sully: "I can see that! Am I a-f*cking-sleep? Can I not read the gauges? Am I not flying the plane here?"

SIC: "I'm just sayin'..."

Sully: "Goddamn Canadians, sending their f*cking geese down here every winter. Why, if I ever *see* another Canadian I'm gonna punch him right in the throat. I *HATE* Canadians."

SIC: "Everybody does, boss. Think we can make Teterboro or straight-in to 22 at Newark ?"

Sully: "Yeah, probably. But f*ck Teterboro! Let's go to Newark . I've flown out of Teterboro. Short damn runways...always a crosswind. And their FBO's suck. I'd rather land in the Hudson f*cking river than land at Teterboro. Hey...."

SIC: "You're not..."

Sully: "Why not? Maybe we can take out some sailboats with some ***** Canadian snowbirds."

SIC: "You ever land on the water before?"

Sully: "Plenty of times! I got my seaplane rating back in 1946. I think it was in a...Piper...somethingoranother, I forget. Never mind. It'll all come back to me. Pull out the Before Water Landing checklist and run it."

SIC: (flipping through the stack of checklists) "Can't seem to find one for that."

Sully: "Fooled ya! HAH! There ain't one! Just get on the horn and tell the people to put their heads between their legs and kiss...no wait, that won't sound good on on the CVR tape...make it, 'brace for collision'...no wait, make it 'brace for impact.' Yeah, that's better. No wait! Tell them that out the left side of the plane they can see the Intrepid Museum , and that if they'd like to visit it, they'll be able to, this afternoon, like, in about twenty minutes. Oh, and ring the stews and have them bring me a rum and coke. If I'm gonna do this, I need a good stiff drink. And have that one with the big **** bring it up. If I'm gonna die, I wanna die drunk and with a boner."

SIC: "Like your grandfather did?"

Sully: "This is no time to make jokes, son. I would really appreciate it if you'd try to take this situation seriously. I'm fairly certain that my grandfather did not die with a boner. I mean, have you ever met my grandmother?"

SIC: "You know, if you pull this off CNN will be calling you the Hero Pilot of the Year."

Sully: "F*ck CNN. Liberal *******s. All I care about is what the fair-and-balanced Fox News will call me. I hope Fox News calls me a hero!"

SIC: (sighing) "They probably will too. Nobody will remember *my* name. It'll be 'Sully this'...and, 'Sully t hat.' 'Captain Sully, the big f*cking hero.' Like you are the only f*cking one in the cockpit."

Sully: "You're quite bitter. You really are a helicopter pilot at heart, aren't you? You know, some pilots wait their whole career to be called a hero. I mean, Christ, I've only got two years to go to retirement. That was close!"

SIC: "We're not down yet, Captain Skygod."

Sully: "I know, this thing glides pretty well, huh? Dammit, no sailboats. Oh well, let's see if we can buzz one of those damn sightseeing helicopters. What's best-glide/engines out?"

SIC: "Beats the **** outta me."

Sully: "Vref?"

SIC: "F*ck if I know."

Sully: "Britney Spears' birthday?"

SIC: "December 2, 1981."

Sully: "Well, I'm glad you know SOMETHING! Just gimme full flaps..."

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There you have it! Canada harboring terrorists yet again. :wink:

At one point The CBC reported that Ït was all Air Canada's fault" because it was a Canada Goose and it was In The Air.

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US1549 is the subject of this week's episode of Mayday on Discovery. A well-rounded analysis with commentary from Skiles, a passenger and the air traffic controller responsible for the flight.

If you missed it tonight, Discovery will have it again at 4:00pm Eastern Thursday.

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