Thursday, January 15, 2009

Airplane in the Hudson River?

It was like a scene from a movie. You kept waiting for the director to yell cut, and the actors to hurry out of the water. Instead this wasn’t the next Action movie, it was real life.

Millions of Americans turned on their televisions this afternoon to see a US Airways plane with 155 people(this includes the crew) on board in the almost frozen Hudson River in Manhattan. According to officials and passengers the plane hit at least one bird upon takeoff from LaGuardia Airport. The plant was heading to Charlotte, NC and had only been in the air for 3 minutes before crashing/landing into the Hudson.

Everyone on board survived, however; 15 people were taken to local hospitals. Some of the injuries include a couple being treated for hypothermia and one of the flight attendants being treated for a leg fracture. Everyone taken are expected to make full recoveries.

Tonight, many on board are calling Chesley B. Sullenberger, the pilot, a hero. Even has medical personnel tried to take him to the hospital, he refused to leave the scene of the accident until ALL passengers had been evacuated.

Today was such a scary day for those people. I am glad that they were able to walk away. It could have been a lot worse!