Thursday, January 15, 2009

This is pretty much a miracle...

A US Airways plane just crashed into the Hudson. This photo was taken by one of the folks trying to rescue the passengers. So far, looks like everyone survived. Unbelievable!

Edit to add: All passengers and crew safe and accounted for. Whew!

18 comments:

~tivi jones said...

I was just reading an article about this!

It is a miracle. They were flying to Charlotte, NC- That's so close to my home.

I'm so glad everyone made it out alive!

Ugly Deaf Muslim Punk Gurl! said...

umm... i'm flying tomorrow and i have a huge fear of planes... damn.... now you got me all nervous... ughhh

David Alexander McDonald said...

This is why I prefer the train...!

Oddly enough I'd just been reading an article that pointed out that there hadn't been an crash on US soil involving a major airliner since the October 2001 NJ Airbus crash (little planes fall out of the sky with a certain amount of regularity.) Then this.

I think it's fantastic not only that everyone made it and the pilot got the thing down in a textbook controlled water landing, but that the response to the crash was an immediate rescue response.

AC said...

That's completely crazy but wonderful news they're all safe.

I also thought your link was fascinating: the guy twittered the photo so soon after it happened--and was getting interviewed live 30min later. what did we do before twitter?

Jarucia said...

Let's not forget the lives lost in this tragedy...the culprit birds.

Just a reminder of how much human activity messes with natural order and stuff.

Stick to trains, boats and cars...of course with those you have to compete with cows, fish, and deer.

Shalanna said...

Poor little birdies.

This is definitely a miracle. Isn't it ironic that it happened just as that guy was testifying in court to try to make the Inauguration prayer-free and free of references to religion? I find that ironic. But then I have one of those weirdly sensitive irony sensors. Got it through a mail-order catalog years ago. You wouldn't know the name. . . .

It's wonderful that everyone's OK. Can you imagine watching this from a window in your office on (say) Broadway, in a tall building, totally helpless to do anything but watch? "Um, there's a plane crashing into the river. Can I call you back?" Man!

I am an Amtrak gal, all the way. Have ridden the Lake Shore Limited and the Cardinal to NYC, and the Texas Eagle up and down the line to Chicago. Really cool! Always wanted to ride a Big Rig by hitching all the way cross-country, but didn't have the fare for that. *grin*

Zlesses! (My verification word) I want zlesses.

Laura Anne said...

Can you imagine watching this from a window in your office on (say) Broadway, in a tall building, totally helpless to do anything but watch? "Um, there's a plane crashing into the river. Can I call you back?"

Unfortunately, many of us don't have to imagine that. It's why I raced for the tv the moment I heard the news on-line, to reassure myself....

crossoverwriter said...

How incredibly lucky they were to survive.And what an amazing photo.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I just got home from work, and haven’t have time to read the article—I must take care of my blog addiction first, or I go into withdrawals. So help here, does anyone know if the people sitting at the exit isles actually helped during the rescue? I’ve always wondered about that...

write_hb said...

I'd like to request those pilots for my next flight, please.

ccallicotte said...

Wow - those poor yet lucky people. I can't imagine how terrifying that must have been. I'm amazed and thankful they are all okay, and that pilot deserves something huge for his mad skills and calm in the face of the worst case scenario.

Christine said...

The pilot deserves a HUGE STEAK and a hero award for his kick-ass landing skills.

Stockyard Queen said...

LaGringa, did you hear it taking off over your house?

Janet said...

The Time article points out that the pilot went up and down the aisle TWICE after everyone had left just making sure that no one had been left behind.

Heroes, they walk among us. I was so impressed I had to blog about it.

Jeff said...

It's amazing, but not a miracle. The pilot trained his whole professional life for that moment. He did his job. The NYFD did their job and the Coast Guard did their job. Let us celebrate the people who did an amazing job.

Unless you're also ready to attribute to divine intervention the birds that killed the engines in the first place.

A miracle would have been if the plane had broke up and sunk and everyone survived.

-Ann said...

I'm after waking up and this is the first thing I'm reading this morning. Wow!

Crashing into water is my biggest flying fear.

Ann Victor said...

Picked this up when the NY Times news flash popped up in my in box this morning. Amazing photo and even more amazing that everyone is safe.

Annalee said...

A good point over at firedoglake: This Miracle Brought To You By America's Unions. The flight crew, ferrymen, and rescue workers who got those people to safety were all union members, and it's thanks to their unions that they had the safety training that helped them save the day.

So for your next flight, write_hb, don't limit yourself to requesting that pilot. Just make sure you request a union pilot.