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January 18, 2009

'Miracle on the Hudson' — US Airways Flight 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger gives a lesson

Above, security camera videos taken from the cruise terminal site between West 52nd and West 54th Street in New York City of last Thursday's masterful unpowered water landing of an Airbus 320 with two dead engines, after a silent minutes-long glide over the George Washington Bridge and then onto the frigid river's surface, saving the lives of all 155 people on board. Below,

Coast Guard footage from a security camera in New Jersey, showing the plane coming in from the north (left side of the screen, two minutes into the 10 minute-long video) and landing on the river.

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Not really a miracle, just someone with the skills and know how to bring the plane down safely.

If bringing the plane down safe was a miracle, then what was the birds getting sucked into the engines?

Posted by: Rocketboy | Jan 18, 2009 11:20:40 PM

is that the twin towers in the background of the second film????

Posted by: me | Jan 18, 2009 7:53:07 PM

Wow. Here's to training and experience and a cool head. A calm & reassuring demeanor is catching (like panic, but maybe not as swift) and no doubt, it saved lives. Along with everything Ray said.

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 18, 2009 2:53:34 PM

I saw this yesterday and was mesmerized.

What an amazing combination of skill, luck, technology, bravery, and overall intelligence. It only took 3-4 minutes before the first ferry showed up to help.

When I saw that the plane was actually being carried by the current downstream and seeing the first ferry going upstream to meet it, well it was an image that won't leave me for a while.

Posted by: Ray | Jan 18, 2009 1:58:24 PM

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