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    Default US Airways Flight 1549 discussion

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    US Airways Flight 1549

    Early indications are that US Airways Flight 1549 took a bird strike in each engine and the pilot safely "landed" the plane on the Hudson River.



    150 passengers, 5 crew - no fatalities or even serious injuries.


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    FBOWeb.com has a KML of the flight, based on GPS telemetry from their tracking system.

    http://fboweb.com/kml/AWE1549.kml

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    They say a bird strike caused the problem. Crazy a small bird take down an entire plan but it happens. Luckily everybody survived.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/15/new...ash/index.html

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    A single small bird usually doesn't take down an airliner. The engines must pass a "bird-strike-evaluation"; a frozen chicken (possibly something equal) is "shot" into a running engine. If the engine breaks down, it won't get the neccessary approval.
    This morning (in Germany) they talked about a "flock of geese" which is a "little more" than a single small bird

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    'birdstrike' is just a term. It can describe any number of birds. If it's the cause, it'll come out that the aircraft hit a flock of birds in order to knock out both engines.

    They run tests with dead chickens on engines to make sure the turbine blades meet requirements and can ingest a decent sized bird without serious damage. Given the location, it could've been a flock of good sized sea birds or geese that they hit. Perhaps a large number of much smaller birds would have the same effect too.

    Here are some videos of bird tests. Not hugely gory, but a little gross for some folks I suppose:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUBv-ph4820

    A bird strike on an aircraft in Manchester, where only one engine was lost:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhZwsYtNDE

    F-16 bird strike and flameout:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc-XiO4ojzk

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    Here's an amazing reconstruction of the flight: http://www.exosphere3d.com/pubwww/pa...son_river.html

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    pretty cool, thank you for this information!
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