Jill Tallman

Miracle plate for a miracle approach

December 15, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

We’re coming up on the second anniversary of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s infamous water landing in the Hudson River in an Airbus A320. Sullenberger, who will forever be known as “Sully” to you and me, landed in the water after both engines failed when the USAirways flight to Charlotte, N.C., hit a flock of geese. Here’s the FAA transcript of Flight 1549′s ditching.

In recognition of Sullenberger’s achievement, Jeppesen created a special approach plate that commemorates the landing, and Robert “Robin” Duggan was kind enough to share it with me. Robin says, ” Notice the waypoints named for crewmembers…I also liked the name of the transition located at the northermost part of the flight path.” (Click the image to make it larger.)

A one of a kind approach--and NOT for navigational purposes

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3 Responses to “Miracle plate for a miracle approach”

  1. John Says:

    Umm… double-check your material… *not* American Airlines. US Airways.

  2. Jill Tallman Says:

    Thanks, John. Change made.

  3. Curtis Oden Says:

    I drove across the GW bridge the day after it happened and saw the crews working to recover the wreckage. It’s frightening and inspiring, and it makes me proud to be part of an industry that trains whole crews of miracle workers.

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