16 January 2009

Flight 1549: The Damn Birds Did It

If it weren't for quick-acting by the pilot and rescue crews, there would be 155 frozen corpses floating down the Hudson River right now. And it was all because of those rotten pests of the sky [AP]:

A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines, but officials said rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank.
How much longer are we going to allow this feathered menace to, literally, shit all over the civilized world? Alfred Hitchcock warned us decades ago, and we have done little in our country to eradicate this threat.


subrookie said...

Back in my "working at the airport" days. I saw one hell of a dent in an Airbus A320 wing when a seagull met a wing leading edge. We took a 6 hour delay while the super smart maintenance crew decided which version of duct tape to put over the dent.

The CNN coverage of this was pretty hilarious. Following the "Hero Pilot" story we got our soon to be Surgeon General talking about how the crash would have "serious psychological consequences" on the crash victims.

By the way, US domestic carriers have had 2 straight years without a fatality. The streak continues.

LT Nixon said...

I don't see how being on a crashed plane in the middle of a river that's probably one degree above freezing would have any detrimental effects on someone's day. What a bunch of pussies!

Ms. Kiyum said...

GMA covered this for nearly 2 hours this morning. Robyn Roberts saw the crash from her apartment. I smell a pullitzer!

subrookie said...

My problem with the coverage is that any commercial airliner has 2 pilots up front. No doubt a lions share of the credit goes to the Pilot in Command. But, the reason we have 2 pilots up front is that todays airliners are complex animals. When one is going down the co-pilots responsibility is to make sure the flaps are set right, gear are up/down, basically do everything other than actually fly the airplane so the captain can concentrate on getting it on the ground.

I hope that when the captain has some face time in front of a camera he'll take the time to share some of that credit with the co-pilot.

That being said..sure they're pussies! The crash in Denver last month people were jumping out of a burning airplane! This one they hung out on the wing floating around in the Hudson to get picked up by a ferry. At least they had time to prepare, imagine what it must have been like in Denver to just veer off the runway and explode without warning?