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NJ pilot pulls a Sully in the Hudson

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by ComplexHiAv8r, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. ComplexHiAv8r

    ComplexHiAv8r Well-Known Member

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  2. SeanD

    SeanD Well-Known Member

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    Is TEB really that bad?
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  3. X-Forces

    X-Forces Big Black Guy

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    My god!
    Doesn't anyone just aim for land anymore?

    400ft/min descent? means you had about a 2 minute + glide. That could at least take you a few miles.

    Maybe it's just me, but a water landing to is, how shall we say, a last ditch.
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  4. Screaming_Emu

    Screaming_Emu English Profishunt

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    I actually heard this developing on guard the other day when I was flying from IAD-BTV.

    I didn't hear the actual maday call, but I guess only a few people did. A Jetblue flight was trying to get somebody's attention to make sure somebody on the ground heard about it.

    As for why they didn't aim for land, I would guess it has something to do with real estate. There's not exactly a whole lot of wide open space around big cities.

    I began learning to fly in northern Minnesota where my instructor would tell me I picked "the wrong kind of field." Then I flew a little bit over Tokyo..."uhh...I dunno, that driving range with the net seems like maybe a good call...or that river."
  5. Ayork62493

    Ayork62493 Well-Known Member

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    I believe she was in the vfr corridor. Which would only put her about 1000agl. In the city that wouldn't give you many options. If rather only take my life in the water rather than cause a bunch of damage or harm others on the ground.
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  6. killbilly

    killbilly Vocals, Lyrics, Triangle, Washboard, Kittens

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    Sounds like she made the right call. Everyone lived, and the plane can be replaced. That's what insurance is for.
  7. Autothrust Blue

    Autothrust Blue Smurf porn star

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    Obligatory: YER ON GAAAAAAARD!
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  8. X-Forces

    X-Forces Big Black Guy

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    Oh I sure it was the VFR corridor, and I have flown the NY corridor more then a few times, in quite a few different aircraft. Even still I always tried to leave myself an "out" for the duration of the flight.
    I doubt that the engine just spontaneously died. There were probably warning signs.

    I am glad that everyone walked out, or swam out, alive. However, there is a high degree of unpredictability when an aircraft hits water. You really don't know what it is going to do. It could cartwheel, it could flip over, it could sink rapidly trapping all on board. I will still take a piece of land of a stretch of water in 95% of the situations.
  9. Pilotforhire587

    Pilotforhire587 Lycra Man

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    Yes, kudos to her for making a good choice and acing it
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  10. mshunter

    mshunter Well-Known Member

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    The thing that worries me the most about landing in water, is having to buy a new cell phone! Damned things are expensive.
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  11. rframe

    rframe pǝʇɹǝʌuı

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  12. ChasenSFO

    ChasenSFO Gooby pls!

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    Seeing as I can't swim, real estate be damned if my engine ever craps on a Bay Tour.
  13. rframe

    rframe pǝʇɹǝʌuı

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    Nothing that can't be fixed with a few hours at pool...seriously you should learn.
  14. ChasenSFO

    ChasenSFO Gooby pls!

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    My ex-girlfriend tried to teach me how to swim once. After I almost broke her nose flailing about in a mad panic, she warned all my friends to never attempt such a feat.
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  15. CirrusMonkey

    CirrusMonkey No Real Usefulness

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    I think that you nailed the real reson why we have to turn them off before takeoff.
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  16. mshunter

    mshunter Well-Known Member

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    If your phone ends up in the drink because you had to go for a swim, pulling the battery isn't even going to help. Don't ask me how I know.

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