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Old 01-15-2009, 09:20 PM   #46
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I'm having post-traumatic stress just seeing those unbelievable pics. I fly on A320s regularly (last time for LaGuardia was Sept) and I have an intense bridge phobia because my worst nightmare is going off a bridge or road into the water...sinking...in a car...in frigid water.

Heroic landing and miraculous rescue effort
Just take it lightly and don't think about it.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:19 PM   #47
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I'm having post-traumatic stress just seeing those unbelievable pics. I fly on A320s regularly (last time for LaGuardia was Sept) and I have an intense bridge phobia because my worst nightmare is going off a bridge or road into the water...sinking...in a car...in frigid water.
Are you my twin? Truly, these are my biggest phobias. When I was kid driving with my family across the James River Bridge would leave me practically debilitated. I couldn't even look out the window. I am generally very calm in a crisis and I can only hope I'd be as courageous and strong as these passengers. I have absolutely no fears around flying, though.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:44 PM   #48
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Watching the pictures on TV of the passengers standing on the wings of the plane in the water ... that is truly amazing.

And I fully admit my lack of knowlege of physics or anything else that would explain this, but was anyone else stunned to see how long that thing floated? I guess sometimes I look at giant tankers on the water and are amazed that they float as well. ... and also amazed that the big hunk of steel and metal can FLY.

It boggles my non-scientific mind.
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And I fully admit my lack of knowlege of physics or anything else that would explain this, but was anyone else stunned to see how long that thing floated? I guess sometimes I look at giant tankers on the water and are amazed that they float as well. ... and also amazed that the big hunk of steel and metal can FLY.
well, as long as the fuselage wasn't ruptured, the general idea of a plane is to be able to keep all of the air in when it's at altitude, so it doesn't surprise me that if you can get one down in one piece that it's possible to keep it floating.

but i was damn surprised that it took forever before it was close to going under.

the more i think about this, the more it strikes me as the story of the decade, that not only did a water landing work, but the plane stayed in one piece. i can see how they managed to land it, tail first, but...it's just that damn impressive.
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I used to live where I could walk just 3 blocks and see the Hudson River heading up past the Bronx and into Lower New York State (very beautiful area by the river) .
The Rescuers!!!



How could I have forgotten the Plane Crew!!!

probably because going onto FYM - I hadn't heard about it! I was

I used to live 3 blocks away from being able to see the Hudson River.


I'll see tonight at home just where it landed.
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Are you my twin? Truly, these are my biggest phobias. When I was kid driving with my family across the James River Bridge would leave me practically debilitated. I couldn't even look out the window. I am generally very calm in a crisis and I can only hope I'd be as courageous and strong as these passengers. I have absolutely no fears around flying, though.
Oh yes, I can name and describe all the bridges I was tortured on as a child having lived on an island lol.

Normally flying doesn't phase me at all, not even over water although I've had some scary landings and aborted landings from wind shears. Funny that it doesn't bother me since I have recurring dreams about witnessing plane crashes so this may add a whole new dimension. That's just PEACHY.

Especially since no one was seriously hurt, I'm very curious to hear passenger stories.
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How many times have you heard about a fatal accident on the roads you drive daily in the last 28 months?
HOW did I know you would come in here and defend planes. lol.

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I'm having post-traumatic stress just seeing those unbelievable pics. I fly on A320s regularly (last time for LaGuardia was Sept) and I have an intense bridge phobia because my worst nightmare is going off a bridge or road into the water...sinking...in a car...in frigid water.

Heroic landing and miraculous rescue effort
I totally understand this. Planes just freak me out. I cant help it. I know the statistics are that plane crashes are very rare, and you're more likely to die in a car crash, but planes just terrify me. I think its the feeling of 'no control' and that your life is in someone else's hands. Add to the fact that you're thousands of feet in the air (that alone trips me out) and the chances of actually surviving a crash are slim to none. The pilot is truly phenomenal and a real hero. He definitely deserves some kind of award for that. It truly is a miracle that everyone survived.
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The pilot deserves free U2 tickets for life!
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The pilot deserves free U2 tickets for life!

he landed a plane safely in an amazing bit of airmanship, he didn't murder someone.
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I'm going to pay attention to the attendents the next time I fly.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:39 AM   #58
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The pilot, the crew, the FDNY, the police and the shuttle boat captains all did a amazing job. Heroes all!
Glad everyone made it out alive.
Same here! Though there were some injuries, everyone aboard, will live to tell their grand children.

Kudos to the pilot and co-pilot!
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HOW did I know you would come in here and defend planes. lol.
Just doing it in good nature though. I understand the fear.


I checked back through the fatal incidents since 2002, and there has only been three incidents in the U.S. where airline passengers died. All were on smaller regional aircraft (two on turbo props and one jet). A total of under 80 people. By no means do I want to minimalize that number or those deaths, but when you figure that around 580 million people fly each year in the US, 80 seems like a pretty insignificant number. Your chances at winning the lottery are better!
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I know Ian would like this picture...a shot of the A320 in the Hudson with the planes on the deck of the USS Intrepid (SP?) Museum in the foreground:



As soon as I heard of this, I was amazed at WHERE the pilot landed. You have to be somewhat familiar with the NY area and where the Hudson is in relation to LaGuardia. Pretty impressive...especially knowing he had to clear George Washington Bridge "on final."
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