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Old 01-15-2009, 02:18 PM
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What an incredible display of skill and coordination, along with good fortune and a miracle or two. I am watching Fox as this unfolds and PMing with a commercial pilot friend as he explains details.

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Old 01-15-2009, 07:09 PM
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The pilot and crew are true heroes! One of the passengers said that they looked a one another any prayed. God does answer prayers!

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Old 01-15-2009, 07:14 PM
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What a great job that pilot did, just looking at photos on line and how close to the city it was and what could have happen just a little one way or the other. Thanks to the skills of the pilot everyone was safe.

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Old 01-15-2009, 10:38 PM
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Who ever the pilot was they did an outstanding job! I am so glad everyone made it safely through this ordeal. Also who ever was in the emergency exit row is to be commended. I can't imagine going through that.

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Old 01-16-2009, 03:57 AM
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Everyone involved is to be commended. I heard the plane was evacuated in 90 seconds, and that the male passengers were letting women and children off first. And, I cannot muster enough praise for the pilot. I don't have the statistics, but the Hudson River is not very wide at that point, and there are major population centers on each side. It took an incredible amount of skill and expertise to bring the plane down in those conditions.
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It was his great Air Force pilot training.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:17 AM
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The paper said that he was also an accomplished glider pilot. Not the an airliner is a glider but the principles of non powered flight hold true. He did a great job landing it and must have keep an extraordinarily cool head trying to figure out the best and safest place to put the plane down. I'm not so sure most people could think that quickly and have been able to pull that off.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:55 AM
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I doubt the pilot had time to think, this was pure instinct and what right on instinct at that. One of those freak accidents that no one can control.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:13 AM
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Captain Sullenburger has been researching the psychology of keeping a crew focused during extreme situations. I'd say his research paid off.

Years and years of training change behaviors and therefore a pilots instincts. You do something because your training drives you to it, and you have to trust your training.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:20 AM
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Here in Italy the special river landing made sensation too.

A teacher from the Air Force's Acrobatic Team "Frecce Tricolori" (Three-colored arrows) said that this is the result of a continuous training, much more than a stroke of luck.

He added that planes' projecting rules and conditions must include floating on the water, and not only on the air.
Actually, it's not that usual to see them doing all they're supposed to do ...
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