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American pilot talks about her experience on US Airways flight
The Dallas Morning News ^ | Jan 30, 2009 | Terry Maxon

Posted on 02/01/2009 10:57:16 AM PST by txroadkill

The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, sent out this account Friday afternoon. Rather than repeat what the APA wrote, I'll provide it in its entirety:

The following is an exclusive account for our members from one of our pilots who was onboard US Airways Flight 1549 when the pilots made a successful emergency ditching into New York's Hudson River. First Officer Susan O'Donnell is a LGA-based 767 pilot. She resides with her family in Winnsboro, South Carolina. Susan is a former Navy pilot, hired at AA in February 1990. She has flown the 727, F100, A300 and now the 767.

The following is her account of the flight, the rescue and recovery response, as well as the support she experienced afterward. This is intended to give each of you a unique insight into the event. We also hope that the crew's tremendous effort to take care of each other and the nearly instantaneous support of USAPA and APA responders become "takeaways" for our pilots to use when faced with an emergency.

(Excerpt) Read more at aviationblog.dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aviation; ditch; flight1549; sullenberger; sully; usair1549
There was a brief hard jolt, a rapid decel and we were stopped. It was much milder than I had anticipated. If the jolt had been turbulence, I would have described it as moderate. Thinking about it later on, I realized it was no worse than a carrier landing.

Interesting account from an AA pilot and former Navy Pilot.

1 posted on 02/01/2009 10:57:16 AM PST by txroadkill
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To: txroadkill

And so, boys and girls, now you know why I got the “big bucks” all those years. Thank G-d I only had to go through the drills and not the real thing! Three cheers for the crew! Prepare to repel slimebag lawyers and Monday morning quarterbacks!

QBFimi (Retired B-767 Captain; wife is currently a B-767 Captain flying the Pacific)


3 posted on 02/01/2009 11:24:26 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: txroadkill

Good story. Thanks for posting.


4 posted on 02/01/2009 11:24:40 AM PST by BuckyKat
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To: txroadkill

Nice find!


5 posted on 02/01/2009 11:25:57 AM PST by GVnana ("I once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween." - Sarah Palin)
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To: QBFimi

Whoops - correction - wife is a B-747 Captain. (She’ll kill me if she reads this!)


6 posted on 02/01/2009 11:26:28 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: txroadkill

I am still amazed at how this flight went and that everyone survived. It truly is inspirational.


7 posted on 02/01/2009 11:27:09 AM PST by HerrBlucher
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To: Star Traveler
When the Captain asked me if I wanted to join the crew at the hotel, I told him I would really appreciate it as I had lost my wallet. He immediately pulled out his wallet and gave me $20.

Can you believe this guy? How do we get him to run in 2012?

8 posted on 02/01/2009 11:31:41 AM PST by txroadkill (So when do I get my Condoms?)
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To: Star Traveler; SkyDancer

Wonderful story. Professional all the way through.


9 posted on 02/01/2009 11:40:45 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: txroadkill

Amen to that, but I’d rather have him keep flying the planes... LOL...


10 posted on 02/01/2009 11:42:21 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: Northern Yankee

for sure...


11 posted on 02/01/2009 11:42:53 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: txroadkill
When the Captain asked me if I wanted to join the crew at the hotel, I told him I would really appreciate it as I had lost my wallet. He immediately pulled out his wallet and gave me $20.

I literally choked on my lunch when I read this part. Where do we find more men like this?

12 posted on 02/01/2009 11:57:39 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: txroadkill

I’ve been on enough flight to be able to tell the difference between a Navy pilot and a Air Force pilot.


13 posted on 02/01/2009 11:58:49 AM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: QBFimi

Practice makes perfect..

Thanks to your co-partner and you for all those hours of drills and the rides along the way! I remember a real doozie or two on AA ..


14 posted on 02/01/2009 12:01:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: txroadkill

“Can you believe this guy? How do we get him to run in 2012? “

You can’t get people like him to run for office because of the media and dirty attacks.


15 posted on 02/01/2009 12:15:10 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: QBFimi

Don’t you love the “glorified bus driver” moniker? Infuriates me every time I hear it. This is why the pilots deserve a good living. Each time they fly hundreds of people’s lives are in their hands. We, the flying public, have gotten so used to it that we don’t realize the importance of those who man the cockpit.

And today’s pilots have the stress of layoff after layoff, with the younger ones struggling to make a living. Yet they still are professional and concerned about their passengers.


16 posted on 02/01/2009 12:15:16 PM PST by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

I know what you mean!


17 posted on 02/01/2009 12:16:58 PM PST by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: txroadkill

Captain Sullenberger typifies (in spades) everything that’s RIGHT with America. The reports we got last week about the rumors of survivors wanting to sue US Airways typify (again in spaces) everything that’s WRONG with America. And you probably couldn’t pick either out from a crowd. I find that interesting.


18 posted on 02/01/2009 12:31:20 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: QBFimi
Prepare to repel slimebag lawyers and Monday morning quarterbacks!

Truly LOL on that one! Touche!

19 posted on 02/01/2009 12:39:26 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: txroadkill

“Can you believe this guy?”

That’s exactly the caliber of people that US Air inherited from PSA!!


20 posted on 02/01/2009 12:45:24 PM PST by dalereed
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Captain Sullenberger typifies (in spades) everything that’s RIGHT with America.

I agree with you 100%.

My question is, how do we end up with almost 535 losers as members of Congress, tax cheats in the Cabinet AND an empty suit in the White House?

21 posted on 02/01/2009 12:47:36 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: BigBobber
Where do we find more men like this?

Comes from that Christian ethic, and of Duty, Honor, Country.

22 posted on 02/01/2009 1:08:58 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
I’ve been on enough flight to be able to tell the difference between a Navy pilot and a Air Force pilot.

So... Navy pilots head for water? ; )

Lots of Air Force from my side of the family. We love them all.

23 posted on 02/01/2009 1:11:44 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: BigBobber
Where do we find more men like this?

Anyone surprised that he grew up in Texas?

24 posted on 02/01/2009 1:15:48 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: Northern Yankee

No, they just land hard expecting the tailhook to slow them down ;^)


25 posted on 02/01/2009 1:27:45 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: txroadkill
She has flown the 727, F100, A300 and now the 767.

Funny, but no Navy aircraft mentioned unless the Navy flew F100's. Must be an oversight.

26 posted on 02/01/2009 1:27:55 PM PST by par4 (Scruting the inscrutable since the 20th century)
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To: par4
I think that means what she flies for American Airlines. In the comment section there are posters who claim to know her that say she flew F-14’s...but who knows if they are who they say they are. The F100 mentioned is a Fokker F100 (Looks like a Super 80)
27 posted on 02/01/2009 1:37:05 PM PST by txroadkill (So when do I get my Condoms?)
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To: par4

The Fokker F100 is medium sized airliner that is similar to the DC9/MD80/MD88.


28 posted on 02/01/2009 1:44:09 PM PST by DFG
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To: txroadkill

“A few seconds later, there was a bit of smoke and the stench of burning bird that seemed to confirm my guess.”

Is there any technical explanation for how a pilot/passenger in first class, well forward of the motors, could under any circumstances recognize the smell of burning birds in a jet with forward momentum ?

I’m a bit skeptical of that one.


29 posted on 02/01/2009 2:06:19 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: festus
Is there any technical explanation for how a pilot/passenger in first class, well forward of the motors, could under any circumstances recognize the smell of burning birds in a jet with forward momentum ?

Yes, the starboard engine produces the air that flows through the cabin. The little spicket that blows air in you face comes from the engine.

30 posted on 02/01/2009 2:10:36 PM PST by txroadkill (So when do I get my Condoms?)
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To: txroadkill

Thank you sir.


31 posted on 02/01/2009 2:15:04 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: dalereed

PSA )

Remember the smile on the nose of the planes


32 posted on 02/01/2009 2:27:42 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin - Jindal 2012)
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To: QBFimi
QBFimi (Retired B-767 Captain; wife is currently a B-767 Captain flying the Pacific)

After all your years flying, I have one question for you. What is more of a thrill for you, the take-off or the landing? And has your answer remained the same since you started flying? Thanks for a reply.

33 posted on 02/01/2009 2:45:00 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: festus
Cabin heating ventilation is driven by the engine compressor(s)
34 posted on 02/01/2009 4:12:23 PM PST by thinking
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

Bravo Sierra


35 posted on 02/01/2009 4:50:48 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
LOL...

Gotta watch those tailhook parties.

36 posted on 02/01/2009 5:04:36 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan

>> [a question for] QBFimi (Retired B-767 Captain)

Q:What is more of a thrill for you, the take-off or the landing?

The best rush for me has always been the landing, especially when breaking out of the clouds during a low-visibility approach. Later in my career, of course, on the Category III approaches, two pilots only watched the autopilot fly the thing; then when it touched down and you could barely see the runway, your thoughts were more like: “Where the hell is the taxiway?” (if it had snowed at the airport). Or “How am I gonna drive home in this?”.

One exception: The B-767-200 at the start of takeoff roll. The -200 had a guttural audio roar to it when takeoff power was first applied - it sounded like a manly-man’s testosterone rush - on steroids. Arg! ;o)


37 posted on 02/02/2009 11:22:48 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: BigBobber

“Where do we find more men like this?”

In Sullenberger’s case, the Air Force Academy, but also USNA/USMA/USCGA.


38 posted on 02/02/2009 11:43:29 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: QBFimi

That’s almost as good as a Peterus flipping a coin...


39 posted on 02/02/2009 12:23:01 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: QBFimi
The best rush for me has always been the landing, especially when breaking out of the clouds during a low-visibility approach.

A few years ago, we were taking off from the Orlando airport with the kids after a trip to DisneyWorld. Plane getting up to altitude and hits some birds. Pilot quickly turned the plane around and we landed back at Orlando. He said we had a problem and must land now. Fire trucks and EMT's with lots of flashing lights were racing us down the taxiway as we landed on the runway. That really made us nervous.

We get off the plane quickly and just as we got back in the terminal, we look through the glass back at the plane and see the mechanics pull a huge dead bird out from inside the nosecone of the plane which was completely shattered with a big hole. It seems that the avionics are up in there and were rendered inoperable by the bird. I guess the pilot landed with VFR (sight only) and no instruments? Yes/No?

40 posted on 02/03/2009 8:22:51 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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