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Old 16th January 2009, 08:45 AM
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Plane crash in the Hudson

An amazing job on behalf of the pilot, so far everyone has survived




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Old 16th January 2009, 12:12 PM
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It is suggested that this is the first ever successful ditching of a commercial jet airliner. The aircraft is apparently largely undamaged, and remains afloat. There were no significant injuries or loss of life. The ditching, a few minutes after takeoff is reported to have been due to the ingestion of a flock of birds causing the failure of two engines.

The captain, a very experienced ex-military pilot, seems to have done a very good job, perhaps helped by the fact that this is one of the newest basic designs flying.

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Old 16th January 2009, 12:20 PM
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Pretty amazing, he should now be sent out to teach all the other pilots in the world how to do it.

We have a massive problem with birds on our course and ive thought about it a few times how they deal with the birds on Capital GC which is at the end of the main runway at Moorabbin airport .

We use a gas gun and do the odd cull (Corellas only due to permit constraints) but the wide areas and permanent water attracts thousands of gulls, Corellas and ducks to our course and I would expect the same at Capital.

They must have thousands of bird strikes a year but I think most of their traffic is prop aircraft.

Tulla has a golf course nearby but they never have water but I dont know how their bird situation is either.
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Old 16th January 2009, 01:18 PM
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Tulla has a golf course nearby but they never have water but I dont know how their bird situation is either.
Remember a few years when a fox got sucked into the engine of a plane taking off at Tulla? Virgin plane? Trashed one of the engines.

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I don't know about it being the first

theres this one English Russia St. Petersburg Water Landing but still very impressive to get everyone off without serious injury
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I don't know about it being the first

theres this one English Russia St. Petersburg Water Landing but still very impressive to get everyone off without serious injury
Probably not in many databases - as the article says, it was kept secret to avoid affecting sales of aircraft!

There are probably other examples as well, just not in the ICAO database for various reasons.

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Well done to the pilot,textbook water landing.
Would more likeley to be **** than class thou.
Low altitude,low speed gentle landing,like skiping a stone on a pond.
Coming fom much higher at much greater speed would have been catastrophic.Great to see no deaths involved.
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Coming fom much higher at much greater speed would have been catastrophic.
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That's usually fairly catastrophic on a runway as well.


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Given proper piloting skills, touchdown speed is not dependent on the height you are descending from. In this case he was lucky it was dead flat water, and probably had the skill to touch down at the minimum possible speed, and with almost no vertical speed, estimating the target speed such that lifting the nose to check descent stalled the aircraft as it touched the surface with the rear fuselage. This would give the minimum possible forward speed, and ensure that it did not become airborne again as the nose came down and the wings unstalled, as it was now below stalling speed. The major impacts would have been when the engines entered the water and acted as brakes - it was obviously critical to ensure that these entered the water simultaneously to avoid their slewing the plane sideways, which would almost certainly have caused a wing to dig in with disastrous results.

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Full Credit to the Pilot , apparently he had stayed back until all passenger and crew had left the plane and he personally walked up and down the fuse-lodge to make sure no passengers been left behind and then finally left the plane.

hope I have not make any spelling and gramatical errors as English is my 2nd language.
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