Plane Crash Floating By (1.16.09)

I couldn’t think of anything else walking to work today other than the US. Airways plane crash on the Hudson that happened yesterday. My office is on the Hudson. We knew something big had happened when we saw a mess of ferries and helicopters headed up river.

Then reported of a plane crash and our hearts sank. We went to the roof to see what we could, but I think secretly we were trying to prepare ourselves for the news–what everyone expected to be tragic. If the crash didn’t do it, it was so bitterly cold along the river we knew only a few minutes in the water would be all a heart could take.

Slowly but surely the plane and all the boats floated right in front of our office. By this time, miraculously, all of the passengers had been brought to safety.

US Airways Crash Rescue Effort

US Airways Crash Rescue Effort

US Airways Rescue

US Airways Rescue

US Airways tail of crash

US Airways tail of crash

We were so thankful for the rescue effort, for the competence of the pilot, and for the safety of the passengers. If the plane had gone down just a few miles up river (less than a minute when flying), where it has iced over, the outcome would have been dramatically different. I can’t find any word better to describe it than a miracle.

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3 thoughts on “Plane Crash Floating By (1.16.09)

  1. Brace for impact: Hudson river landing video
    Here is the best video I could find relating to the Hudson river crash of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. This emergency landing was a “miracle.”

  2. coffee says:

    I’m glad no one was hurt in the crash, sounds like the pilot did a great job

  3. Jill says:

    I don’t think it was a miracle at all, which implies divine intervention. I think it is better characterized as an unbelievable and magnificent job done by a supremely talented pilot who was experienced, trained and an expert in his chosen field. Those passengers were indeed very fortunate to have had him at the helm.

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