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Plane Down in Hudson River

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Plane Down in Hudson River

Just flicked onto BBC News and this story is running.
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It's a miracle no one died, amazing.
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Amazing piloting skills.
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Yeah I've got News24 on now watching it.
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Bet it was cold in that water, the low temperature there today is -12 C.
Pilot deserves a medal
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Better picture and video here
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Great that everybody walked away from this accident.
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watched for about an hour or so on news 24, the Americans are quite paranoid aren't they even though the pilot reported a bird strike they were still rushing out to say it wasn't terrorism.
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Great work by the pilot.  The fact that everyone walked away was a miracle.
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"walked away" isn't quite the right expression:
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One person suffered two broken legs and paramedics treated 78 patients, most for minor injuries but, through a combination of luck, the skill of the pilot and a rapid emergency response, 155 people have had a very narrow escape, our correspondent says.

That there were no fatalities and no life threatening injuries is truly amazing.
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When you look at the location of Laguardia this could have been an massive catastrophe.
The fact that the captain and co-pilot ditched the plane, with no power, and managed to keep it afloat  warrants the highest praise possible.
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I think the crew did a wonderful job, pilots did an exemplary job, cabin crew managed the evacuation well, aided by the pilot(s).
A role model for all airline crews.
But I don't go for all this hype that is was a miracle, or the captain is a hero.
He is a very experinced airline pilot, having been an USAF fighter pilot - and he is also a experinced glider pilot so used to landing without engines.
All professional pilots have to undergo annual similator tests on incidents just like this, and if they fail the simulator test they loose their ticket and suspened from flying.
It is great that it was daylight so he could do see where he was going, and that their was no shipping or boats on that section of the Hudson river, and it was fortunate that the water was relatively flat with low wave height..
What is particularly  good was that ones visual perception of the round out height would be different, as he would have kept the wheels up, so the touch down height would be lower. And he ensured that neither he didn't hold off too long and let the tailplabe hit first or it might have ripped the rear of the aircradt off, nor too nose low down so that t nosedived in. What was very good was that he kept it very level so both engine intakes touch first or it would have cartwheeled like the 767 that landed close to a beach a few years ago.
So yes absolutely  exemplary piloting, very professional - but I would contend not a miracle or heroic.
As with all incidents, disaster follows a chain of events, and if it had been dark, or the Hudson river had higher waves it would probabably have been very different and we would have many people dead.
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You also forgot that he runs  a Disaster Training consultancy - OK he did a good Job
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1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: