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Chrystal
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The recent story of the miraculous landing and heroic efforts of the pilot landing his plane in the Hudson River reminded me of a book I read a few years ago. It was called Freefall, the story of a Canadian Plane that experienced loss of engine failure and also had to freefall/glide to safety . This occurred 25 years ago. Luckily this pilot too was able to glide a Boeing 767 safely to the ground with no loss of life.
Just thought some aviation buffs may be interested in checking out the book and the story.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/......ary.html

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25 years already. Wow.

Thanks for the link.

It's stories like these that make me realize why pilots earn the money they do. And I really mean EARN.

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Respectfully, sories like these speak nothing to why commercial airline pilots get paid what they do. It is not the glamorous lazy job some assume it is.
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Why is that, Tom? I am showing admiration for their training, their skills and their responsibility for the lives of others. In my view, this is worth a great deal.

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On 2009-01-17 04:06, Chrystal wrote:
The recent story of the miraculous landing and heroic efforts of the pilot landing his plane in the Hudson River reminded me of a book I read a few years ago. It was called Freefall, the story of a Canadian Plane that experienced loss of engine failure and also had to freefall/glide to safety . This occurred 25 years ago.

That reminds me of another more recent incident: Air Transat Flight 236 in 2001.

"Air Transat Flight 236 was an Air Transat route between Toronto, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal flown by Captain Robert Piché and First Officer Dirk DeJager. On August 24, 2001, the flight ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean with 306 people (293 passengers and 13 crew) aboard. The flight crew successfully landed the plane in the Azores with no loss of life."

The wikipedia page lists a couple of additional emergency landing stories.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Transat_Flight_236
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If you want to read something really fascinating there is a book called "Black Box" that has transcripts of cockpit recordings from airline accidents. It's incredible. You can also look the stuff up online, but the book was pretty good. It's amazing how calm most of the crews are while facing disaster. Disaster that they know they probably won't survive. Sometimes the crisis comes up so quickly they can barely react, sometimes they have time to access the situation and they know what they are up against.

I'm not sure what Tom is going on about. These guys take their lives, and the lives of their passengers, in their hands everytime the get behind the controls of one of those things. No matter what else is involved in the job, that's what it's all about.
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