Sucked Birds Crash a Jet: Miraculously No One Is Killed

It is amazing, but true; a tiny flying animal can bring down a massive jet. Earlier today such an occurrence was seen in New York City. Amazingly–miraculously, even–none of the 150 people aboard were killed.

To be fully honored and commended are the pilot, other crew members of this US Airways jet, first responders and all who assisted with these exceptionally smooth and orderly maneuvers.


Shown here is this beautiful image provided by Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida who posted the first photo of the downed U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone.

NEW YORK — A US Airways jet crashed Thursday in the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey after a flock of birds apparently struck its engines — but all 155 people on board are thought to have survived, and the pilot is being hailed as a hero.

Passengers were sent fleeing into the icy, 35-degree waters when the Airbus 320 went down near 48th Street in Manhattan shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport.

“We’ve had a ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and now we have a miracle on the Hudson,” said New York Gov. David Paterson. From Fox News

In slow motion, this video demonstrates a bird being taken into a plane engine.

More than 200 people have been killed worldwide as a result of wildlife strikes with aircraft since 1988, according to Bird Strike Committee USA, and more than 5,000 bird strikes were reported by the U.S. Air Force in 2007. Bird strikes, or the collision of an aircraft with an airborne bird, tend to happen when aircraft are close to the ground, which means just before landing or after take-off, when jet engines are turning at top speeds.

5 thoughts on “Sucked Birds Crash a Jet: Miraculously No One Is Killed

  1. I do believe in training or what is more commonly called roll playing. Having talked with some professional pilots during their n going training they are put into flight simulators and give some very horrific situations to solve and fly through. So you have one GREAT pilot, one great bird, plan and a lot of prayer. The end of the equation is a safe landing under a demanding situation.
    I followed this story yesterday with the NYtimes, and a couple of calls to a pilot friend. Yes, a large flight of pigeons could smother one of those engines or as we saw both. The right amount of birds in the wrong place at the wrong time and there is a Skycap proved his worth!

    I still like to fly:


  2. I heard this on the news earlier today. This is nothing short of a miracle from God. When I think of the tragic news that heralded out of New York involving two airplanes almost 7-1/2 years ago, it is so amazing and wonderful to hear that no lives were lost.


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