By now, no doubt everyone has heard of the miraculous water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 after multiple birdstrikes on takeoff disabled both of her engines. All 155 souls on board survived the landing thanks to the impeccable skills of Captain Chesley Sullenberger, First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, the entire cabin crew, and all of the rescuers who quickly came to their aid.
A US Coast Guard surveillance video has been released that shows the splashdown of the aircraft as well as the initial rescue operations. The splashdown happens in the far left frame at around 2:00 in. Within seconds, once the video operator zooms in on the aircraft, passengers are already filing out onto the wings. And not more than three minutes after landing, the first boat arrives. Absolutely amazing response. Way to go NYC!
Saturday, January 17th, 2009