The NTSB issued its final report on the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 accident which landed in the Hudson River last year, and as expected it determined the probable cause of the accident was ingestion of large birds into both engines causing an almost total loss of thrust.
No one would argue that the crew performed flawlessly resulting in no loss of life and getting the best result out of a bad situation possible. The NTSB stated that effective crew resource management, the proximity of rescuers and the performance of the cabin crew were major factors in a successful outcome. And yet the NTSB came up with a laundry list of safety recommendations along with a list of things that went wrong and could be improved upon. Good visibility and calm waters helped, along with the fact that everyone on board was rescued within 20 minutes. One of the more interesting notes was that most bird strikes occur withing 500 feet of the ground while, in this case, the aircraft was at 2,700 when it struck the geese. The investigators pointed out that this demonstrates bird strike hazards to commercial aircraft are not limited to any predictable scenario. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!