In this post we take a look at some nice language comparing two crash landings in which all passengers and crew survived! (full news story here).
The New York drama was turned into a movie, ‘Sully – Miracle on the Hudson’, and the Moscow flight could well be similarly immortalised.
Russian pilots interviewed by BBC Russian spoke of some significant differences, although both flights were almost doomed by bird strikes, and in both cases there was total engine failure.
All 155 people aboard the US plane were rescued by nearby boats and there were few serious injuries. The Moscow flight had a similar happy ending.
The Russian A321 pilots had less flying experience, whereas the US Airways pilot was aged 57, with 30 years’ experience, and had also flown fighter jets.
The two Russians, however, had both graduated with top marks from a top civil aviation college. Capt Yusupov joined Ural Airlines in 2013, aged 33, after college. Before then he had worked as a lawyer.
The Russians had less time to react. The US Airways jet had climbed to 975m before the bird strike – three times higher than the A321.
In both cases, there were safe landing sites – a corn field and a fairly shallow stretch of the Hudson River.