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Pat Shingleton: "Sully - At the Controls..."

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Posted: Jan 14, 2014 5:57 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: US Airways Flight 1549. Canadian Geese. Hudson River

On January 14, 2009, s storm system sent gusty winds to New York with light snow showers. On January 15th, calm, cold weather occurred. Due to de-icing delays in Pittsburgh, US Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport at 3:25 p.m. bound for Charlotte. Less than 2 minutes after takeoff, at an altitude of 2,900 feet, a flock of Canadian geese struck the aircraft knocking-out both engines and sending the 150,000 pound Airbus A320 gliding. The plane was descending over the Bronx at 1,000 feet per minute and the plane's Captain made a decision never before performed - ditching in the Hudson River Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer, Jeff Skiles, safely off-loaded their passengers in 35 degrees and a wind-chill value of 11.

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