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The "Miracle on the Hudson" and AirSafe.com
The airline safety and security site AIrSafe.com has updated its information about the January 15, 2009 US Airways accident with additional information about bird strike related hazards and jet airliner ditching history,
By: AirSafe.com, LLC
After the crash, a number of bird hazard items were added to AirSafe.com, including updates of two previous research projects of Dr. Curtis. You can find links to those projects, as well as other links to Bird Strike Committee USA and other bird hazard related information, at http://birds.airsafe.org.
The crash involved a suspected bird strike, a common occurrence that rarely leads to a crash. The ditching aspect of this accident was even more rare, with this event being only the fourth time that a passenger jet airliner has been involved in a ditching. The attention the site attracted, especially an article published in the USA Today newspaper the day after the accident, led AirSafe.com to clarify its definition of ditching, a definition that is much more specific than those provided by the NTSB, FAA, and other major aviation safety organizations.
You can find many more details about the event, and about issues related to the US Airways ditching, at http://hudson.airsafe.org. Among the resources at that location are:
- AirSafe.com podcasts about the US Airways accident
- Previous US Airways crashes
- Other significant A320 events
- An overview of bird strike hazards to aircraft
- Jet airliner ditching events
- Selected bird strike videos
- Comparison of the US Airways event with seven other bird strike accidents
- Bird strike study from the AirSafe.com Foundation
Other updates will be made available on the AirSafe.com news at http://airsafenews.com.
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