US Airways Crew saves 155 lives by landing in the Hudson River
Flight #flight1549 from La Guardia to Charlotte NC today landed in the Hudson River and all the passengers and crew were safely rescued. See Twitpic http://twitpic.com/135xa
How Twitter and Flickr covered it http://cli.gs/65hetS
Some Flicker pictures http://cli.gs/UbQBnz
Twitter eyewitness account http://twitter.com/jkrums
As I was flying from Las Vegas on Tuesday night I sat in the emergency exit and wondered about how I would operate the exit if needed. I am glad the flight 1549 episode had a happy text book ending. From the coverage on TV I see that the passengers behaved marvellously and helped each other. The crew stayed back inside the plane till all the passengers were out of the plane.
Capt Sullenberger http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/37678624.html was a US Air force pilot who now flies for US airways and did a great job keeping the pane flat till it hit the water and keeping it afloat as long as possible. 3 cheers to the crew fir saving these lives.
The stock of US airways was up 7% before the news of the crash hit. Here are some things I am going to do:
a) Learn swimming
b) Pay attention when the crew demonstrate the life jackets
c) Always read the flight safety instructions
d) Smile and greet any pilot I meet and shake hands if protocol allows.
Advice to Pilot Sullenberger - dude you need to join SouthWest. You are a hero !