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Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by canaveralgumby on 16 January 2009 3:26pm
 
"To Travel or Not To Travel" showed up in the email boxes of Americans the morning after the emergency "ditch" landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River in NYC. I was guessing that fear of flying was the subject of the message!
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by suzulu on 16 January 2009 5:45pm
 
Also the events in Mumbai, I should think. Nice message, as always.
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by canaveralgumby on 16 January 2009 5:53pm
 
Yes, his message was about Mumbai in part! Mainly about how we ought NOT stop traveling because of the economy.
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by tucsonmike on 16 January 2009 7:45pm
 
See, growing up in New York City, I can tell you; the only good pigeon is a dead pigeon. The pilot is a genuine hero, saving the lives of those passengers and crew.


 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by Little Gumby on 16 January 2009 8:16pm
 
I was amazed to hear that everyone survived - am I right that no one ended up in the river itself but stayed on the plane wings. The Hudson must be near freezing at this time of year.

As an aside - are pigeons loved anywhere in the world???
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by sighthound on 16 January 2009 11:34pm
 
I love pigeons. As a child, I raised tumblers which soar high and then tumble in free fall before they pull out just before they hit ground.

If I were a pilot, I wouldn't love pigeons. That landing was amazing.
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 2:27am
 
I saw it here before the news story came out.

Was it pigeons? That high up, I'd expect it was song birds or hawks. It doesn't take much of a bird to wreck a plane engine.
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 2:31am
 
I love pigeons, too. I think they're unfairly maligned. If you were homeless and someone fed you and left you alone, you'd hang around too! It's not the birds' fault they like to fly when the planes want to take off. They have places to go and things to do, too. I don't know what the solution is, though--not every pilot would be able to pull off a landing like that.

I heard that one woman had two broken legs, and another was taken out of a life boat babbling incoherently, they weren't sure if it was anxiety or hypothermia.
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by tucsonmike on 17 January 2009 4:22am
 
The Hudson IS freezing @ this time of year. I spoke with my brother-in-law on Long Island. He said it was 6 degrees at 9:30 Eastern Time this evening.

One poor woman on that flight escaped the Trade Center on 9/11. Think she will ever go up in high places again.

BBC America had an in depth story about the flight. The pilot only had seconds to make all these decisions. He had to pretend the Hudson was just another runway.

I know, I thought of the irony as well with Mr. P's note coming out today.
 
Re: Funny timing for MP's latest mssg. (US AIR incident) by kazzzz on 17 January 2009 6:15am
 
Ta Michael and co. for the email :)
 
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