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.