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(Gawker)   Because there is no BRASS BALLS tag ~ meet Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger III, the man who flew Flight 1549 into the Hudson River   ( gawker.com) divider line
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2009-01-15 07:19:52 PM  
Chesley B. Sullenberger, III

His name & pic alone look heroic. Or at least blue-blood trustworthy
 
2009-01-15 07:24:53 PM  
FTFA: In fact, no one in 45 years has crash-landed an airplane in the water with no fatalities, the tabloid said

Well, I would also add that the event took place very early & at low altitude ~ in a watery area.

Does not lesson what happened, but it was a case of excellent training on the Capt's part plus blind luck as to time & location.

We would not be celebrating this if the same thing happened at most other airports
 
2009-01-15 07:34:00 PM  
HERO TAG WELL-DESERVED.


I wish I could buy him a beer. Or 12.
 
2009-01-15 07:38:17 PM  
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2009-01-15 07:39:29 PM  
+1 for Sully
 
2009-01-15 07:40:12 PM  
submitter: Because there is no BRASS BALLS tag ~ meet Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger III, the man who flew Flight 1549 into the Hudson River

Props to him. With a nickname like that, you are destined to be a hero.
 
2009-01-15 07:40:49 PM  
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+1
 
2009-01-15 07:40:50 PM  
This guy is the MAN
 
2009-01-15 07:41:01 PM  
So, you think that guy in the front of the plane is overpaid, huh?
 
2009-01-15 07:41:44 PM  

rocinante721: We would not be celebrating this if the same thing happened at most other airports


This.

The only heroic act, was ensuring everyone else had made it to safety before he left airplane.
 
2009-01-15 07:42:22 PM  

sullyman: submitter: Because there is no BRASS BALLS tag ~ meet Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger III, the man who flew Flight 1549 into the Hudson River

Props to him. With a nickname like that, you are destined to be a hero.


~~

Chesley B. Sullenberger, III

Actually, if I were him, I'd prefer "Chezzy Trey"
 
2009-01-15 07:43:00 PM  
The Right Stuff. It does exist.
 
2009-01-15 07:44:49 PM  

oldernell: So, you think that guy in the front of the plane is overpaid, huh?


Don't they make squat (at first, at least. Maybe not after 30 years)?
 
2009-01-15 07:46:29 PM  
Providing that there's no pilot error suspected.. I say get this man front and center for the inauguration.
 
2009-01-15 07:50:27 PM  
Walked the length of the cabin and checked the bathrooms, not once but twice. (The second time was to shake the turds out of his pantslegs.)
+1 for Sully
 
2009-01-15 07:50:51 PM  
Time Position Ground speed Altitude Facility
Eastern TZ Latitude Longitude kts Feet Location/Type
03:26PM 40.80 -73.87 151 1800 New York TRACON
03:27PM 40.83 -73.87 174 2800 New York TRACON
03:27PM 40.86 -73.88 194 3200 New York Center
03:28PM 40.88 -73.90 202 2000 New York TRACON
03:28PM 40.86 -73.93 215 1600 New York Center
03:29PM 40.83 -73.95 194 1200 New York TRACON
03:29PM 40.82 -73.97 191 1300 New York Center
03:30PM 40.78 -74.00 189 400 New York TRACON
Shamelessly lifted from other thread:

03:31PM 40.75 -74.02 153 300 New York TRACON


[image from stevencbarnes.com too old to be available]

Obviously happened at low altitude, on ascent.

Being a NY'er, I know full well there is NO place to land. Best they could have hoped for is Teterboro Airport on the Jersey side of the Hudson

Look that the map .. only one option: turn left over the Hudson, pray you have enough power to clear the GW BRIDGE & ditch.

Brass Balls indeed!
 
2009-01-15 07:53:34 PM  

rocinante721: Capt's part plus blind luck as to time & location.


Flying into Geese took lots of luck.
 
2009-01-15 07:56:47 PM  

rocinante721: pray you have enough power to clear the GW BRIDGE


Actually, you can see him flying over Washington Hgts, East of the GWB (horizontal line bisecting white line/Hudson River), readying into position, then turning over river & ditching.

Obviously his only choice.

... well, not really. Plenty of other places to ditch, but anywhere else in the most crowded Metropolis in North America, there'd be nothing but disaster.

Sully wins +infinity internets!
 
2009-01-15 08:11:43 PM  

rocinante721:

Well, I would also add that the event took place very early & at low altitude ~ in a watery area.


Don't all plane "crashes" happen at low altitude?
 
2009-01-15 08:13:25 PM  

Stompn_Tom: Don't all plane "crashes" happen at low altitude?


Ground poisoning. Its more common than you think.
 
2009-01-15 08:14:21 PM  
I like how that graphic rocinante721 posted has info that the flight has "arrived."
 
2009-01-15 08:24:33 PM  

Stompn_Tom: Don't all plane "crashes" happen at low altitude?


nah. planes fly into mountains all the time
 
2009-01-15 08:30:59 PM  

Megain: Stompn_Tom: Don't all plane "crashes" happen at low altitude?

nah. planes fly into mountains all the time


Only if you count altitude from sea level ...
 
2009-01-15 08:34:25 PM  
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2009-01-15 08:36:38 PM  

rocinante721: Megain: Stompn_Tom: Don't all plane "crashes" happen at low altitude?

nah. planes fly into mountains all the time

Only if you count altitude from sea level ...


heh. really? i was making a play on words. plus, it amused me and i wanted to comment in one of the few hero threads i've given a +1 to in the short time i've been around
 
2009-01-15 08:36:57 PM  

rocinante721: Well, I would also add that the event took place very early & at low altitude ~ in a watery area.


Well, that there was water to ditch in obviously affects the odds of a successful ditching.. But that it was early in the flight and at a relatively low altitude don't have anything to do with anything, really.

I'm not trying to be a dick, I've just seen a lot of "good thing they were low" type posts.
 
2009-01-15 08:38:35 PM  
More readable..

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2009-01-15 08:41:59 PM  
What was he going to do Subby? Fly it into a building?
 
2009-01-15 08:43:05 PM  
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I just wanted to say "Good luck". We're all counting on you.
 
2009-01-15 08:44:43 PM  

costermonger: rocinante721: Well, I would also add that the event took place very early & at low altitude ~ in a watery area.

Well, that there was water to ditch in obviously affects the odds of a successful ditching.. But that it was early in the flight and at a relatively low altitude don't have anything to do with anything, really.

I'm not trying to be a dick, I've just seen a lot of "good thing they were low" type posts.


You're a dick. *kidding*

I'm actually interested of there is some "ditching" plan for every airport, since most accidents happen on takeoff/landing.

... if out of O'Hare, follow this path to Lake Michigan, or a certain cornfield out of Omaha, etc.
 
2009-01-15 08:45:18 PM  
i love the fact that all the ferries around just upped and headed toward the plane to help everyone out. hero tag to you guys, too.
 
2009-01-15 08:46:12 PM  
So he was the only one person who could do a safe water landing? Hero tag indeed.

Never really believed those safety cards that showed everyone getting off an intact floating plane alive and unhurried.
 
2009-01-15 08:47:33 PM  

rocinante721: Don't they make squat (at first, at least. Maybe not after 30 years)?


All I know is that a recent divorce client of mine was a United pilot who started flying for Eastern in the late-80s, and the money they throw at someone with her seniority now is legitimately insane. We're talking ridiculous annual salary, 9% 401(k) matching, and another annual retirement contribution equal to 16% of salary. I wanted to vomit when I read that.
 
2009-01-15 08:47:36 PM  
There is plenty of kudos to be handed out today. It was amazing.


/Here's hoping some low-lifes aren't scurrying around to dig up dirt on this pilot, based on the "people's right to know."
 
2009-01-15 08:48:33 PM  
Hello, Chesley B. Sullenberger the III.
 
2009-01-15 08:49:02 PM  
Teterboro is a bit short for that business. And I have two customers just off the west end of the runway that mix lots of volatile chemicals together in great quantities.

The river was a good choice.`

/presence of mind is good, absence of body is better
 
2009-01-15 08:49:13 PM  

costermonger: rocinante721: Well, I would also add that the event took place very early & at low altitude ~ in a watery area.

Well, that there was water to ditch in obviously affects the odds of a successful ditching.. But that it was early in the flight and at a relatively low altitude don't have anything to do with anything, really.

I'm not trying to be a dick, I've just seen a lot of "good thing they were low" type posts.


Really- the last place I want engines to quit is at low altitude... If I had a choice, I'd rather they quit up at 35,000 feet... that's a lot of time and gliding distance to sort things out and find an airport to land.
 
2009-01-15 08:52:45 PM  

kronicfeld: rocinante721: Don't they make squat (at first, at least. Maybe not after 30 years)?

All I know is that a recent divorce client of mine was a United pilot who started flying for Eastern in the late-80s, and the money they throw at someone with her seniority now is legitimately insane. We're talking ridiculous annual salary, 9% 401(k) matching, and another annual retirement contribution equal to 16% of salary. I wanted to vomit when I read that.


I have three friends who are United captains and one told me he makes less now than he did 7 years ago.
 
2009-01-15 08:53:16 PM  

rocinante721: You're a dick. *kidding*

I'm actually interested of there is some "ditching" plan for every airport, since most accidents happen on takeoff/landing.

... if out of O'Hare, follow this path to Lake Michigan, or a certain cornfield out of Omaha, etc.


Nope.. An airliner with no functioning engines is firmly in 'we're making shiat up as we go' territory in terms of where it's going to come down. Biggest/flattest/least populated open space the plane will get to is where they're going to go if there aren't any runway options. Large jets & water don't get along very well, but as this accident proves, if handled perfectly it's a lot better than most alternatives.

Double (or triple, or quadruple) engine failures are thankfully pretty uncommon.
 
2009-01-15 08:58:02 PM  

sullyman: I have three friends who are United captains and one told me he makes less now than he did 7 years ago.


Well, she's on disability, so she's not drawing what she could be, and I'm just basing what I know on the ALPA handbook/contract.
 
2009-01-15 08:59:40 PM  

dead: Really- the last place I want engines to quit is at low altitude... If I had a choice, I'd rather they quit up at 35,000 feet... that's a lot of time and gliding distance to sort things out and find an airport to land.


Bingo. Too bad geese don't fly up in the flight levels.
 
2009-01-15 08:59:53 PM  
Hats off to Sully! You earned your wings to day, Sir!

I'd push for a Sully tag but I doubt there would be few who would live up to your standards anytime soon.
 
2009-01-15 09:01:42 PM  
"the plane was carrying 41 employees from Bank of America, one of the most patriotic companies in America." Another highlight was some one commenting on the fact that the upside to America's downturn is every pilot left is the best of the best. They're weeded out all the older pilots, and even though there is no information about the crew's age. We know the best of the best are left.

~Faux News.

/Posted by missiv in the original thread.

"Weeded out all the older pilots" ?

SUCK IT FOX! Be happy they didn't.
 
2009-01-15 09:01:53 PM  

f00f: i love the fact that all the ferries around just upped and headed toward the plane to help everyone out. hero tag to you guys, too.


It pretty much landed in front of the West Side Piers.

Look at the pics, you'll CIRCLE LINE, the commercial tourist boat that circles Manhattan, with multiple runs.

Good for them !!! CIRCLE LINE gets my repeat biz !!!
 
2009-01-15 09:05:22 PM  

dead: Really- the last place I want engines to quit is at low altitude... If I had a choice, I'd rather they quit up at 35,000 feet... that's a lot of time and gliding distance to sort things out and find an airport to land.


Gliding? And the TITANIC sunk because it was made of steel.

You realize an airplane is a large metal object that, without propulsion, will not generate lift & fall like a dart.
 
2009-01-15 09:05:37 PM  
Thank you Sully, you saved many today.

Good job.

HERO tag indeed.
 
2009-01-15 09:06:55 PM  

costermonger: rocinante721: YI'm actually interested of there is some "ditching" plan for every airport, since most accidents happen on takeoff/landing.
... if out of O'Hare, follow this path to Lake Michigan, or a certain cornfield out of Omaha, etc.

Nope.. An airliner with no functioning engines is firmly in 'we're making shiat up as we go' territory in terms of where it's going to come down. Biggest/flattest/least populated open space the plane will get to is where they're going to go if there aren't any runway options. Large jets & water don't get along very well, but as this accident proves, if handled perfectly it's a lot better than most alternatives.


Cool. Thx for the info.
 
2009-01-15 09:07:30 PM  

rocinante721: You realize an airplane is a large metal object that, without propulsion, will not generate lift & fall like a dart.


Sarcasm, I hope.
 
2009-01-15 09:10:14 PM  
Give this hero every medal known to man. He saved every life on that plane today.
 
2009-01-15 09:10:22 PM  
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Good Luck. We are all counting on you.
 
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