Posted tagged ‘Hudson River’

Mom Drives Van with 3 Kids Into Hudson River

April 13, 2011

A 10 year-old boy escaped out of the window of a sinking minivan after his mother drove it with her three other children into the Hudson River, approximately 60 miles north of New York City, last night.

From CNN:

Lashawn Armstrong swam to shore Tuesday night and was picked up by a passer-by and brought to a nearby fire station in Newburgh, New York, said Fire Chief Michael Vatter.

Soaking wet and suffering from a mild case of hypothermia, Armstrong then told fire officials his mother had driven the vehicle into the river.

Police divers later discovered the bodies of Lashandra Armstrong, 25, an 11-month-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy some 25 yards off shore.

Phone Call Contributed to Hudson River Crash

September 15, 2010

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a personal phone call made by an air traffic controller likely contributed to the cause of a deadly midair collision over the Hudson River last year.

From CNN:

A single-engine plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided on August 8, 2009 near Hoboken, New Jersey. All nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed, including several Italian tourists visiting New York from Bologna.

In a statement released Tuesday, the NTSB said the air traffic controller’s personal phone call “distracted him from his air traffic control duties, including the timely transfer of communications for the accident airplane to the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) tower and correcting the airplane pilot’s incorrect read-back of the EWR tower frequency.”

The on-duty personal phone conversation might not have been the first for the air traffic controller.

Air Traffic Controllers Suspended Over Hudson River Accident

August 13, 2009

Two air traffic controllers have been suspended from their jobs as the FAA investigates the accident which occurred in New York this week.

From CNN:

The controller handling the flight of a Piper PA-32 Saratoga carrying three people “was involved in apparently inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident,” said spokeswoman Laura Brown in a written statement.

In addition, “the supervisor was not present in the building as required,” she said.

“While we have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable and we have placed the employees on administrative leave and have begun disciplinary proceedings,” she said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is working with the FAA in investigating the Piper’s collision with a sightseeing helicopter.

“These are serious violations of the FAA regulations,” said Mary Schiavo, former inspector general for the Transportation Department.

From Fox News:

The FAA said in a statement that the controller handling the Piper flight was involved in “apparently inappropriate conversation on the telephone at the time of the accident. We also learned that the supervisor was not present in the building as required.”

The agency said they have “no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable.”

Nine people died Saturday when a small plane and a tourist helicopter collided above the river between Manhattan and New Jersey.

Search Continues Following Hudson River Crash

August 10, 2009

New York police are continuing a search of the Hudson River for the last two bodies from a midair collision between a plane and a helicopter which killed all nine passengers on board.

From the AFP:

“The priority today is the victim recovery operation. There were seven victims that were recovered and two that remain unrecovered,” Debbie Hersman, from the National Transportation Safety Board, said on NY1 television.

The NTSB is leading the probe into Saturday’s accident in which a light airplane carrying three people smashed into a sightseeing helicopter with six people aboard, five of them Italian tourists.

The collision took place over the Hudson between Manhattan and New Jersey at around midday in full view of crowds enjoying the riverside sunshine.

The aircraft and bodies quickly disappeared underwater.

The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the water Sunday in a search hampered by dangerous diving conditions in the murky, fast-flowing river.

Air Force One Photo Shoot Brings Back Memories of September 11

April 27, 2009

A photo shoot involving a 747 used as Air Force One and two fighter jets flying at low altitude led to hundreds of 911 calls from residents and workers in Lower Manhattan this morning.

Can we say memories of 9/11!

Credit: Jason McLane/Associated Press

Credit: Jason McLane/Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said workers received no official prior announcement about the exercise. He said everyone panicked when they saw the low-flying planes and began running out of the building, mere blocks from the former World Trade Center site, around 10 a.m.

About 1,000 workers gathered along the Hudson River until a security officer with a bullhorn told them it was a planned exercise. Workers in other office buildings also reportedly spilled out into the street.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the government was conducting a military photo op involving two Air Force F-16 jets and the 747. It said it notified city law enforcement about the mission.

Man Survives Hudson River Crash Then Loses Job

April 17, 2009

Frank Scudere thought that all was good in the world when he survived the crash of flight 1549.

Now, Scudere finds himself in the same position as thousands of others across the country,

looking for work.


In seat 24B as US Airways Flight 1549 fell silently toward the Hudson River, attorney Frank Scudere did not know that his name was on the list of lawyers that his firm planned to lay off the next morning.

In a one-in-a-million event, Scudere and his fellow passengers survived the plane’s river ditching on Jan. 15, and he walked away with nothing worse than wet clothes. But he could not escape an everyday event that has claimed millions of other victims: He lost his job and found himself questioning his self worth.

Now he’s a 48-year-old unemployed attorney. Like the Biblical Job, who lost and gained everything, Scudere searches for an elusive meaning in suffering and redemption. He’s grateful, a bit angry and reflective. “I don’t feel sorry for myself,” he said. “It just shows the randomness of life, and the inevitability of loss. You can lose, and yet you can still be preserved. I lost my job, and yet I have my life.”

Pilot Describes Final Moments Before US Airways Crash

February 9, 2009

Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River and saved the lives of everyone on board, said he had a “sickening” feeling when a flock of birds disabled both engines with violent thuds, crippling the plane over New York City.

From the Associated Press:

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the sound of the geese hitting the plane and the smell of burning poultry entering the cabin was “shocking.”

“Oh, you could hear them,” he said. “Loud thumps. It felt like the airplane being pelted by heavy rain or hail. It sounded like the worst thunderstorm I’d ever heard growing up in Texas.”

The interview with Sullenberger and the other four crew members was broadcast Sunday, their first since US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the frigid water Jan. 15.

Sullenberger took control of the plane from his first officer and glided it to safety, but said that in the aftermath of the emergency landing, he lay awake at night second-guessing his performance, even though all 155 people aboard survived.

He said he initially had trouble forgiving himself because he thought he could have done something different in that “critical situation.”

“The first few nights were the worst,” Sullenberger said. “When the `what ifs’ started.”

He said he no longer regrets his actions that day, calling his decision to land in the river “the only viable alternative” to attempting a return to LaGuardia Airport or landing at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

“The only level, smooth place sufficiently large to land an airliner was the river,” he said, recalling that the plane had no thrust and was “descending rapidly.”

Sullenberger, a former Air Force fighter pilot who has flown commercial planes for nearly three decades, said he knew he had to touch down with the wings level and the nose slightly up, and “at a descent rate that was survivable.”

“Did you, at any point, pray?” CBS’ Katie Couric asked.

“I would imagine somebody in back was taking care of that for me while I was flying the airplane,” he said.

The flight attendants said they didn’t know they were landing in the water until it happened.

“When I got out of my seat and saw that water, it was the most shocked I’ve ever been in my life,” flight attendant Doreen Welsh said, adding that her emotions “had gone through, within seconds, accepting death and seeing life.”

She said she then “went crazy” and started yelling and pushing people to get them out because the impact tore a hole in the plane’s tail and water poured into the cabin.

“And as I was getting up, I thought I might actually live,” Welsh said. “`Cause a second ago, I thought I was gone.”

Sullenberger landed the plane near two ferry terminals, and rescue boats appeared within minutes to take the 150 passengers and five crew members to safety.

When the pilot got official confirmation that everyone had survived, “I felt like the weight of the universe had been lifted off my heart,” he said.

The crew met some of the passengers and their relatives at a reunion in Charlotte, N.C., the destination of Flight 1549.

“More than one woman came up to me and said, `Thank you for not making me a widow,'” Sullenberger said. “‘Thank you for allowing my 3-year-old son to have a father.'”

One passenger asked Sullenberger to sign his shirt.

“Where, right there?” Sullenberger replied. “You got it. Let me make it big and bold.”