Hudson Miracle SchmiracleJan 16th, 2009 | By Alkillous | Category: revewz, snewz
Turn on your news today or last night and you’ll see the survivors. These lucky bastards got onto a plane in Laguardia Airport in NY destined for Charlotte, NC. The plane took off, hit a flock of birds, and lost both engines. What happened next has been hailed as the Hudson Miracle™.
The pilot warned the passengers that they would be going down, he picked the best spot he could think of to “land,” and he put the plane down. I’ve heard that he pressed some sort of magical float button that keeps the plane above water.
The pilot, Chesley B Sullenberger III, has a name that sounds like he’s some sort of high society namby pamby. Somehow this man overcame that adversity and joined the US Air Force and became a fighter pilot. He was trained to act calm under the most intense situations imaginable in an aircraft.
Air traffic controllers had described his demeanor as ‘eerily calm’ during the emergency. The flight lasted five minutes
3:26PM – The plane took off
3:27PM – Captain Sullenberger reported hitting a flock of birds
3:28PM – Air traffic controllers told him to land at Teterboro airport
3:31PM – Captain Sullenberger acknowledged that he wouldn’t make it to Teterboro and ditched in the Hudson
And everyone survived.
Was it a miracle that everyone got off of that plane alive? HELL NO! Miracles are acts of God. This was a stupendous feat of achievement for the work of man. We were the designers of the Airbus A320, that had the capacity to handle hitting the water with such tremendous force and staying in one piece.
The flight crew, the attendants, the pilot, the co-pilot, and anyone else who may have been working for US Airways had given all of the best assistance to the passengers to get them out safely and quickly.
The passengers themselves, who didn’t stampede over one another, and listened to the crew. The people in the rear of the plane who, had they opened the doors, would have likely killed everyone on board by filling the plane up with water.
The ferries, that immediately took action and came to the rescue, pulling people out of the water and into their boats. A plane landed in the water, and the captains of those ferries treated it no differently than they would have had it been a distress call from a sinking ship.
The hospitals, that treated the passengers and crew suffering from hypothermia, shock, and bumps and bruises. The passengers were swiftly brought to those hospitals by NY City’s ambulances in excellent time.
The maintenance crew for US Airways coming out of Laguardia did their job particularly well that day in ensuring the structural integrity of that airplane.
New York City has a strong enough support system to pull together a rescue like this in minutes. This isn’t the first time that the NYFD, NYPD, and citizenry of New York have pulled together and saved a great many lives, and it won’t likely be the last. There is definitely strength in numbers. If you are in distress in NY, you won’t be alone.
And yes, Captain Sullenberger. This man is unquestionably a hero. He has been written about by a great many people, and I won’t bother trying to give any more information about what kind of awesome super-badass he is. Captain Sullenberger can land a plane that has been roundhouse kicked by Chuck Norris.
Is this the Hudson Miracle? No. This was not the work of God. We did this. Our western culture. Our American men and women pulled this together, with the fantastic design and craft of the European Airbus company. This is the work of man, and it is good.