Pilot hailed for well-executed landing

The pilot, who safely crash-landed the United States airline passenger plane into New York’s Hudson River,...

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The pilot, who safely crash-landed the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">United States</country-region> airline passenger plane into <state w:st="on">New York’s <place w:st="on">Hudson River, has been hailed as a hero.

One-hundred-and fifty-five passengers and crew escaped with minor injuries and hypothermia, after the plane went down after hitting a skein of geese.

Eyewitnesses described the landing as amazing.

“I knew that plane was going down and when I saw it go behind that building, I was expecting to see charred aircraft parts, you know a tragedy right in front of my eyes and it’s just incredible that this pilot laid that plane down very softly in the water and it floated," said the passenger.

Talk Radio 702’s <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">United States</country-region> correspondent Harley Carnes said he did everything right when the accident happened.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“He had no room for error because he has to maintain air speed that keeps him safe and then he is looking for a place, wide enough, clear enough, clean enough to land, and he does. Nobody can train for that kind of situation,” said Carnes.