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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fruits of pilot skill and collective karma!

That was a textbook, picture-perfect sort of happening. Warmest kudos to Mr Chesley Sullenberger on successfully using all his skills of 40+ years and executing a calm, composed, measured and completely successful ditching of his flight on the Hudson River, NY. For once let's attribute his success and the safe return of 155 friends to their collective karma
Pic courtesy - The Hindu
Notes: An aircraft is usually designed to enable landing on water and is therefore equipped with additional safety equipment. Now you know you should listen carefully to the pretty stewardess explaining safety procedures!
How they're airworthy, and also crashworthy
Quoting from Wiki -
"In December 2002, The Economist quoted an expert as claiming that "No large airliner has ever made an emergency landing on water" in an article that goes on to charge, "So the life jackets ... have little purpose other than to make passengers feel better." This claim was repeated in The Economist in September 2006 in an article which claimed that "in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero."
On January 15, 2009 US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320 narrow-body jet, made a successful landing in the Hudson River adjacent to Manhattan in New York City after dual engine failure due to bird strikes. Sources identified the pilot as Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger. All 155 passengers and crew survived with only some minor injuries, in part because the pilot ditched the plane adjacent to the passenger ferry route between NYC and New Jersey."
Other images of landing on water here

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Blogger Mojo said...

That was a truly inspired piece of flying. "Narrow bodied" or not, the A320 is still one big chunk of airplane, and putting it down in a river -- safely -- required an incredible amount of skill and nerves of steel.

17 January, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

True, Mojo
As a former ground engineer of the IAF, and as a student of Aeronautics, I salute that former USAF pilot.

17 January, 2009  
Blogger Inner Vision said...

take a bow...brilliant just brilliant.

18 January, 2009  
Blogger Kishore Choudhary said...

nice post

19 January, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

Shiv, true
KC, thanks!

20 January, 2009  
Blogger Louise said...

Love this post. And as for the one before it, I would fully support human hibernation!

20 January, 2009  
Blogger magiceye said...

kudos indeed to 'sully' for doing the seemingly impossible!

20 January, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

Louise, thanks
Magiceye, lots of lessons there in crisis management also.

20 January, 2009  
Blogger koala said...

Thanks for your lovely comment.

20 January, 2009  
Blogger Reader Wil said...

It was all over the news and we thought it all very spectacular! Clever job.Thanks for the post and for visiting.

20 January, 2009  
Blogger SandyCarlson said...

What Mojo said. Sullenberger deserves everyone's great respect.

20 January, 2009  
Blogger Inkivääri said...

That happening was a big news also here in Finland! Nice shot you have!

20 January, 2009  
Blogger david mcmahon said...

Hi Swarna,

That was really a miracle on the Hudson.

20 January, 2009  
Blogger david mcmahon said...

PS :::: I've just seen that you served in the IAF. My brother was a fighter pilot .....

20 January, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks all.
That was one happy ending, and no one would have minded the ice-cold waters...

20 January, 2009  
Blogger Kat said...

Would like to give that expert-in-Economist a piece of my mind.

Wish they provide parachutes and underwater swimming gear too, apart from the life jackets..!!!

03 February, 2009  

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