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Anatomy of a Miracle: How Captain Chesley Sullenberger's Skill Saved 155 Lives

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The last out was Captain Sullenberger after walking twice the length of the cabin to ensure no one was inside ~ too sweet to miss ~


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 11:55 am
He is a hero, what a great man
noted and thank you for sharing, Catherine

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 12:41 pm
the guys absolutely amazing,he prevented wha could of been a real disater..hats off to him

thanx - noted

catherine g (120)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 12:45 pm
i must point out that i feel very bad for the birds who died, too ~

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 1:19 pm
Noted thanks Catherine.

Kathy W (299)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 1:53 pm
This man really is a hero. I am very proud of him and very grateful for what he did.
Thank you Catherine.

Luke Sexton (61)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 2:21 pm
More people like Captain Chesley would make us all feel safer all the time, not just when we are flying.

catherine g (120)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 2:44 pm
ha! the air captain who was fully prepared to go down with his ship! ~

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 3:44 pm
Perhaps man should not be in the air.
Obviously man will never let the skies be.

I too feel bad for the birds......
They were where God put them.
Hopefully no one is out to
develop wings on a mans body!!

Plant trees for life.

David Gould (155)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 4:26 pm
I hope that some thought will go into the design of engines to prevent birds from being drawn into the intakes...there must be ways of doing this to protect the birds and prevent future dangers like this.

catherine g (120)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 4:27 pm
bette ~ i agree with you. not only do pilots encroach on birds, but also deer, turkeys, foxes, or whatever animal unlucky enough to venture onto an active runway. i posted this as a feel-good news story, but i do mourn the birds. it makes me sad that they were killed. but it's the same with planes as with cars, which kill millions of animals every year: no one wants to give up the privileges of transportation. civilization's luxuries always seem to take their tolls on the natural world ~

catherine g (120)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 4:35 pm
david ~ jet engines suck in air so violently that they have been known to inhale 250lb men, and that's always a concern when working around jet aircraft. any screen that would be strong enough to keep birds out of the fan blades would render the engine incapable of doing its job: ie, it would never generate enough thrust to get the aircraft off the ground and to altitude. also, anything that a screen would arrest would be shredded and sucked in anyway ~

gee, everyone, i'm sorry. this was supposed to be happy news. and i'm sad somehow ~

Augusta N (68)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 4:42 pm


Christine A (57)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 4:53 pm
Thank you Catherine! This was indeed an example of an extraordinary human being, competent, caring and courageous!
The world would be a much better place with millions more like him in every walk of life.

As a born animal lover, I also feel sorry for the birds. A very sad 'happening' for them. Unfortunately, as long as we have the present means of transportation, these accidents are always going to happen.

As we obviously cannot stop the planes, cars, buses, trains, ships, our only alternative is to try and protect the animals and birds by developing much better warning systems, safeguards, etc.

catherine g (120)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 5:19 pm
thank you christine. you are right, we need more caring and courage in our world ~

Pamela C (75)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 10:50 pm
Wow, people who sympathize with the Canadian geese: now I know for sure I'm in the right crowd :)
My admiration and best regards to Captain Sullenberger for not only his skill, but his calm efficiency as well.

Raja G (142)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 12:37 am
Fantastic display of skill and determination with a sense of responsibility to save lives.
Landing any aircraft on water ( other than Amphebians is dangerous and requires utmost skill. Without both engines immediately after take off is something extraordinary.
I know what it takes to force land aircraft without engines
The Captain Chesley Sullenberger deserves the highest award - for an act in the face of impending danger. I salute him.
There is a leson for all connected with Aviation - Movement of flocks of birds in and around airfields could be monitored and information passed on the the Air Traffic Control.
Any attempt to divert or shoot the birds is non productive. Human beings have been shooting ducks for centuries - but they still follow their route.
it is the Human beings that interfere in thier age old flight routes. Si we have to take precaution to avoid their path.
This is a case of both "Bird Hit" and a case of Aircratf Hit birds. the sky does not belong to Man alone. It belongs to Birds and insects too.
It is high t time aviators around the world realize this and take appropriate and wise actions instead of killing the birds and laying traps or spraying poisonous gas etc.

ROBIN M (312)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:53 am

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:57 am
What a story!

Simone Duffin (1462)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 8:47 am
Thank you Catherine. Awesome.

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 12:59 pm
Catherine, thanks. A caring soul is a guiding light to all of us. And I agree with Raja, there should be a monitoring system - we are artificial birds, and the respect for other species could have prevented this. A major tragedy (not the death of birds thouugh) will force them to start a monitoring program. Why are we always in crisis management? Prevention is better than cure!
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