posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 05:15 PM
There is no doubt that a flock of birds (some say Geese,) but who knows what species of birds happen to flock together in this time of year, but in
any case....this does show that our training, as Air Crew, whether they be Pilots or Cabin Crew, result in a resounding success when dealt with
The possibility of bird strikes is always there....the chances of losing both engines during a bird strike is a once-in-a-million event. The engines
are designed to take a lot of damage....but even under extreme conditions, assuming both engines were damaged enough to limit their ability to
continue to produce power, the Captain surely would have tried to find the nearest suitable airport....however, given the situation, I would guess
that ditching was the best possible outcome, based on the condition of the engines.
As you watch the news, you will realize that they will describe the ditching procedure....which, basically, involves a PA that says 'BRACE FOR
IMPACT', (verbiage will vary depending on airline) and from a pilot's perspective, the best way to ditch is to try to put the tail in first....so it
is a nose-high attitude when you impact the water....because, the engines, being under the wings, might cause much drag if they hit first.
Of course, engine mounts are designed to shear under great stresses, and the wings are mostly bouyant, since a lot of the wing structure is hollow
(except, of course, for the fuel tanks...and, for a short flight from NYC to Charlotte, the airplane would NOT be fully fueled to capacity).
The pilots and the cabin crew did an exemplarly job, and it is an indication of how well the modern training regimens that are in use today have
improved safety standards.