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2011/11/30 Miracle on Hudson with Captain "Sully" Sullenberger
π 2011-11-30 01:01 in Flying, Google
Captain Sullenberger came to google to tell us about his famous flight where both engines of his plane died after they hit a flock of 7lbs canadian geeze, and he had to land in the water. The crew performed admirably and the captain demonstrated superior airmanship.
It was a pleasure to have him talk to google about that day and his general thoughts, and he answered my questions on why can't you just put grills in front of jet engines to prevent big objects from getting sucked in (apparently it spoils the airflow going to the fan) and what he thought of the airvbus fly by wire system in that situation (in his opinion it prevented him from putting a bit more nose up before touching water, but otherwise it worked ok in that unexpected siutation).

What was interesting in his story was when he said his resting heart rate stayed at 100 bpm and his blood pressure at 160 for quite a while after the accident day. Also, he had terrible time sleeping for a long time after, despite how well everything went.

But if you go to the video below, you'll see how much they went through in barely 2mn, they went through their checklists, tried to restart the engines, looked at what they could glide to and then made the best choice to end up in the water. All pilots still applaud the crew's superior performance.





This is the best video showing what happened, an NTSB reconstruction with the inside cockpit conversations and warning annunciations from the plane computers (they were kept running by the APU, backup generator, they started right away when both engines died:

If while it's less accurate, someone made a simulation of the flight. It's still nice to see:


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