U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Pilots and Crew – You Are Freaking AMAZING!

I took a bunch of shots.  This is from a pier near Perry Street, as the plane floated down the Hudson.  I just cannot get over the skill of the pilots.  I’ll talk about this later, but I took flying lessons in high school and one of the first things they teach you is how to land the plane if you lose your engines.  “Look for a highway!” my instructor told me (laughing).  But I learned in a tiny Cessna 150.  I just cannot get over doing this with a jet ON THE WATER.

For those who haven’t heard, a plane had to make an emergency landing on the Hudson, all 155 aboard survived.

There are seat cushions and other debris floating all down the river.

It’s hard to see but that’s the plane sticking out of the water, this is around Battery Park City.

More rescue workers.

I think this was a diver, but I’m not positive.  By the way, it was freezing.  FREE! ZING!

Another plane shot.  I couldn’t get close.  “Move back!  This is a federal crime scene!” 

They’re waiting for a crane, I was told.

I took this walking back home.

The never ending stream of rescue workers heading downtown, very reminiscent of 9/11.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Pilots and Crew – You Are Freaking AMAZING!

  1. I wondered how much of this you saw as it happened!

    My heart fell when I heard the initial reports of a plane in the Hudson. Then, a few minutes later, footage and pics started showing up of people in rafts and all over the wings of the plane.

    Wow. That’s when you KNOW there’s a plan for you …

    I heard the worst was that someone had 2 broken legs. Pretty bad, but comparatively, nothing!

  2. Right?? Except, I guess, technically, until it’s investigated by the NTSB, the cause is not really know, etc., so they have to treat it as a crime scene.

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