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viernes, 25 de enero de 2013

Miracle of the Hudson

Those pupils who are in the advanced level won't need to read forward to know what this entry is about, but in case you are in the intermediate level, go on reading.

On the fifteenth of January, 2009, one hundred and five people on board US Airways flight 1549 lived their worst moment of their lives. After their plane had taken off from LaGuardia airport, a flock of birds struck the plane, damaging the engines. The only possibility for the pilot, Captain Chelsey B. Sullenberger, was to try to land the plane as soon and as safely as possible. And ... HE DID IT!!! He landed in the Hudson River avoiding having caused a catastrophe if he had hit nearby buildings.

A few seconds after being "thumped" by the big dark brown birds, the pilot took over the controls and set the aircraft down so smoothly on the water that the flight attendants compared it to an ordinary "hard landing" on a runway, as they said.

This item of news was breaking news around the world and the BBC, among other TV channels, broadcast some documentaries about this "miraculous landing".

Here is the first part of the BBC documentary. It's very easy to understand, so don't miss it!!!

If you want to find out more about it, click on the following links, I now avoid so as not to tire you out.

Well, what do you think?  What would you have done if you had been in Captain Sullenberger's shoes? Go back to LaGuardia airport? Try to land at Teterboro airport? The Hudson River? 

Have you ever been involved in a really difficult situation? 

Leave your comments, whether based on your own experience or on another item of news.

2 comentarios:

  1. I had a crash bus a few years ago, when i come back from Oviedo. While i was sleeping the bus gone out to the road and was laying on a mound. One person died in the crash. I think he was the person that was in front of me in the bus. I hit my elbow because i was near the window. The medical service took me to Leon's hospital. They cured my elbow and after a taxi took me to Salamanca. I was very nervous.

  2. Fortunately, I have never lived this kind of situation. It is too extreme. It looks so terrible... But I can write about another subject that is relationed with. I like very much films and books about war. I read them from I was a child. And sometimes I think about all these young people forced to fight an die in each stupid war. Often I ask myself two questions:
    On one side, how my behavior would be in the middle of a battle and on the other side, would I be able to sacrifice myself to save other people. I hope I will never know what is my real nature made of