Flight 1549 Goes Down in Hudson River ... All S u r v i v e
Date: Jan 15, 2009
Time: 3:29 PM EST
USS Intrepid: 40º N 45' 53" / 74º W 00' 03"
Approx."Crash" site: 40º N 46' 06"/74º W 00' 10"
La Guardia Airport: 40º N 46' 70" / 73º W 52' 23"
3:26 PM EST - Flight 1549 takes off from La Guardia bound for Charlotte, North Carolina
3:26:30 PM or 3:26:45 PM EST - Pilot reports a "2" bird or "double bird hit" from a flock of Geese & Engine Fails.
3:29 PM EST - Plane goes down into the Hudson River. (Plane turns around and tries to cross the River to make the New Jersey Teterboro Airport. But without his engines sees he can't make it. So, instead, the Pilot tells passengers to "brace for impact". Some passengers end up flying out of their seats. NOTE: Some are still reporting 3:31 PM EST
Plane hits the Hudson River on the New York Side of the River off 50th Street near the USS Intrepid; and ends up near 48th Street. Pilot "Sully" executing a perfect "textbook" water landing.
All 150 Passengers survive and are taken to NY Ferry Terminal... Pilots hailed as Heroes for maintaining masterful control of plane in a successful "water landing".
Pilot "Sully" assessed his options and purposefully chose a spot where Ferrys could quickly access the plane as he knew the frigid waters would not allow survival for very long.
Pilot Sully, twice, walked the aisles of his plane to be sure no one was left on board and was the last to leave the plane.
US Air Flight 1549 - 150 Passengers: 41 people from Bank of America
FLIGHT 1549 Addendum
A Con-Ed Utility security camera tape shows that: Flight 1549 had "just taken off" from LaGuardia on Jan 15, 2009 when it collided with a flock of birds, disabling both its engines:
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The Con-Ed tape shows the plane hitting the river and skidding to a halt in a spray of water and steam at: 3:25 PM EST.
The first rescue craft get to the plane at 3:29 PM EST.
Six Ferries arrive by 3:48 PM EST.
The tape ends at 4:12 PM EST
NOTE: The NTSB approved the release of the Con-Ed tapes; but, still list the time as:
"about 15:30 EST"
the actual time is still essentially
NOTE: Whether or not the Con-Ed Security camera's "clock setting" was set correctly is currently unknown.
ATC TRANSCRIPT [Air Traffic Control]
NTSB's Kitty Higgins quoting from the ATC transcript:
3:27:32 PM EST - Flight 1549 was instructed to turn left 270 degrees.
3:28:05 PM EST - Flight 1549 was asked if the crew wanted to return to LaGuardia?
Crew Response: "Ah, Catcus 1549 ... hit birds, we lost thrust in both engines. We're turning back toward LaGuardia". We're unable. We may end up in the Hudson"
After discussion regarding Teterboro (to the right about 6 miles from plane); the response was 'they were too slow & too low amid too many buildings ...'
Crew Response: We can't do it ... we're gonna be in the Hudson" (that was the last transmission from the Flight 1549)
HOW IT BEGAN
3:25 PM EST - Flight 1549 given Departure Clearance from LaGuardia
3:26 PM EST - Flight 1549 was 700 Feet in the air & heading North
SO WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?
The time in the air before the accident is given as:
By 3:27:32 PM EST, the Crew is getting landing instructions from Air Traffic Control
The accident then, would have been between 3:26:30 PM EST and 3:27:30 PM EST.
A window of about 60 seconds or less.
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Pilot "Sully": Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III DOB: 23 Jan 1951 Became an instant Media HERO.
In fact, the chart of the U.S. Airways water landing shows the emphasis to be on the Pilot more so than the event of an "airplane accident".