The National Transportation Safety Board completed their report on flight 1549. The report contains over 200 pages of information regarding this flight. For pilots, this report will help you understand what happened and hopefully make us all better pilots. it will also give you some insight into how the NTSB conducts their investigations. As a professional pilot you should be aware of how this all works. The link is below:
This is an incredible simulation of what happened on flight 1549. ATC sounds and altimeter are included!
February 24, 2009. The House Subcommittee held a hearing to receive testimony from the USAirways crew as well as the air traffic controller involved in the incident.
It is interesting to not that the captain had a few interesting things to say about new pilots, current training and airline working conditions. Here is the link to the hearing and video:
As you all know by now USAir flight 1549 made a water ditching in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.
There is no doubt that this incredible water landing will be studied in flight training centers for many years to come.
Here is a link to the ATC audio for US Air flight 1549:
A water landing (or water ditching) is not something you see every day. We wondered how many other fully survivable water ditching there might have been. It turns out there have been several.
One of the more obscure water landings that all passengers and crew survived was Japan Airlines flight 2 on November 22, 1968. A DC-8 from Tokyo to San Francisco landed in the water 2.5 miles south of the SFO airport.
Here is the Wikipeda information on that flight:
Japan Airlines Flight 2 was a flight that was piloted by Captain Kohei Asoh on November 22, 1968. The DC-8 plane was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport but due to heavy fog and other factors, Asoh mistakenly landed the plane in the waters of San Francisco Bay, two and a half miles short of the runway. None of the 96 passengers or 11 crew were killed or injured in the mishap, and the plane was eventually recovered and refurbished for service. Asoh had served as a flight instructor in the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War and was a 15-year veteran of JAL. He had almost 9,800 hours of flight experience at the time of the accident.
Harvey termed this frank acceptance of blame the "Asoh defense", and the story and term have been taken up by a number of other management theorists
Then there is the rest of the story!
The DC8 plane had only been in service a few months. Writer Richard Silagi picks up the "awe inspiring pilot bedtime story" of what happened to the downed plane: (from airliners.net)
The DC-8 that was too young to die!
March 9, 2001
Not too many airliners have survived crash landings at off airport locations and have lived to fly again. This is the story of one such crash survivor.
On November 22nd 1968, Japan Air flight #2 was nearing the end of a routine flight from Tokyo to San Francisco. Captain Kohhei Asoh, a 15 year JAL veteran, was in command of the flight which was being operated with a new DC-8-62. JA8032 (msn # 45954) had rolled off the Douglas assembly line in April of 1968 and had been in service with JAL for only four months.
In addition, all hydraulic units, as well as 90% of the pneumatic and air conditioning systems, were removed and repaired or replaced. All instrument panels were removed and instruments tested. Fuel valves and pumps were removed, fuel tanks were flushed and samples taken to make sure no salt was present.
Four months later, after 52,000 man hours, and a $4-million repair bill, JA8032 completed a 10 minute test flight on March 26th, 1969. On March 31st 1969, the plane was returned to JAL.
The plane continued to fly for Japan Airlines for 14 more years until it was sold in March 1983 to Air ABC and reregistered as TF-BBF. In May of 1983 the plane was leased to Hamzair until December 1983 when it was returned to Air ABC. In July of 1984 it was sold to Okada Air of Nigeria and reregistered as 5N-AON. A few years later, in April of 1987 the plane was purchased by Airbone Express and reregistered as N808AX. Currently this plane is still a member of the Airborne Express fleet, and is still flying 32 years after the crash!
I guess the airline officials made a wise decision to spend the money repairing it instead of sending it to the scrap heap. Obviously this plane was too young to die.