Passenger On Flight Happened To Be AAL Boeing 767 Pilot
Numerous passenger accounts of the ditching of US Airways Flight
1549 in the Hudson River have surfaced since
the successful forced landing executed by Captain "Sully"
Sullenberger, but few have that rare combination of
educated observer and participant in the extraordinary event.
Called into duty for a 400-day deployment, all 12 of the Oregon
National Guard Black Hawk medevac helicopters and 135 pilots, crew
chiefs, maintenance and support staff are heading to Oklahoma for
training and then on to Iraq.
The crash of a small twin-engine plane near Huntington, WV's
Tri-State Airport (HTS) Friday afternoon claimed the lives of all
six persons on board, with fuel exhaustion suspected as the most
likely cause of the accident.
Injuries Consistent With Death Caused By Impact, Investigators
An investigation into the death of General Wladyslaw Sikorski,
exiled Prime Minister of occupied WWII Poland, has yielded no
evidence to support decades-old theories he had been murdered
before his plane crashed off Gibraltar just 16 seconds after
takeoff from a British military base on July 4, 1943.
Last week's winter storm that blanketed much of the nation's
midsection with a covering of ice left an indelible impact on 84
travelers in Columbus, OH, their flight to Orlando delayed for
hours by persistent freezing rain that was accumulating faster than
de-icing crews could keep up with.
A zoom climb is a climb where the rate of climb is greater than
the maximum for a sustained climb, as determined from the thrust of
the aircraft's engines. During a zoom climb, the aircraft gains
potential energy at the expense of kinetic energy.
"I wasn't paying much attention to the flight until,
climbing out, there were several loud thumps occurring roughly
simultaneously along both sides of the aircraft. "Bird strikes," I
thought. A few seconds later, there was a bit of smoke and the
stench of burning bird that seemed to confirm my guess. There was a
turn to the left, and I assumed we were returning to
Source: Susan O'Donnell, an American Airlines
Boeing 767 pilot who was a passenger on US Airways Flight
1549. O'Donnell recently recounted her experiences in an article
for the Allied Pilots Association.