Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hudson River Hearings

Safety issues surrounding US Airways flight 1549 are brought to light

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger of US Airways Flight 1549

Washington, D.C. -- The National Transportation Safety Board began its three-day hearing into safety issues surrounding the "Miracle on the Hudson" landing.

The NTSB heard testimony from key witnesses including U.S. Airways heroic pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The captain told an inquiry panel that training in water landings should be mandatory for all pilots.

US Airways flight 1549 pilot, Capt. Sullenberger was forced to ditch the Airbus plane in the Hudson River in January after a bird strike. A flock of Canadian geese were sucked into the plane's engines, disabling them.

All 155 passengers on board the flight survived and were safely evacuated.

Aviation industry groups will meet in Washington on Monday to discuss improving airline safety and pilot training.

1 comment:

  1. Canada Geese can down even the most sophisticated aircraft.