“We may end up in the Hudson”

February 5th, 2009, by

Can you imagine searching for a place to land a plane with double engine failure? How about explaining that your plane will likely crash into the Hudson River at any moment?

Apparently, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 has nerves of steel. The FAA released the audio tapes of Chesley Sullenberg III’s conversation with New York air traffic control just before the plane landed in the Hudson River. Sullenberg says, “We may end up in the Hudson” as if his life (and that of the others on the plane) weren’t in jeopardy. He was calm. New York air traffic control was calm. After listening to the audio, it’s no surprise that everyone lived to tell the story.

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