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post #5 of Old 01-16-2009
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I saw the US Airways airplane drifting down the Hudson this late afternoon as it passed by Canal Street. There must have been about 30 'rescue' boats of different stripes (4 tugs, a ferry or 2, several CG and a host of smaller NYPD & FD vessels not to mention the helos overhead). The poor plane looked small next to some of the rescue boats and resembled a lost whale being herded except it had a wing and stabilizer above the surface.
I suspect that a bunch of the folks from flight 1549 will be taking Amtrak to Washington DC and figuring the rest of their trip out from there to Charlotte, NC or wherever.
They could not have chosen a better spot to do an emergency landing as there are always many boats out working the Hudson (Circle Line, NY Waterway ferries etc). Had they landed somewhere other then the Hudson it could have been a lot worse for the poor passengers.
Insurance? N'yah. Survival? Priceless.

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