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8. On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 piloted by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger took off from LaGuardia airport in N.J. but soon crash landed in the Hudson River. No one died. In fact, a ferry arrived to rescue all passengers and crew within four minutes of the crash. What caused the crash?

The NTSB investigation revealed that shortly after takeoff, the aircraft passed through a flock of Canadian geese. Both engines shut down after ingesting the birds. About 10,000 bird and other wildlife strikes were reported for USA civil aircraft in 2011, according to the US Bird Strike Committee. Commercial aviation aircraft engines are designed to keep flying even after ingesting a four-pound bird, however 36 species of birds in North America weigh more than this, according to the committee. And a 12-pound Canada goose struck by a150-mph aircraft at lift-off generates the kinetic energy of a 1,000-lb weight dropped from a height of 10 feet.

The NTSB investigation revealed that shortly after takeoff, the aircraft passed through a flock of Canadian geese. Both engines shut down after ingesting the birds. About 10,000 bird and other wildlife strikes were reported for USA civil aircraft in 2011, according to the US Bird Strike Committee. Commercial aviation aircraft engines are designed to keep flying even after ingesting a four-pound bird, however 36 species of birds in North America weigh more than this, according to the committee. And a 12-pound Canada goose struck by a150-mph aircraft at lift-off generates the kinetic energy of a 1,000-lb weight dropped from a height of 10 feet.

The NTSB investigation revealed that shortly after takeoff, the aircraft passed through a flock of Canadian geese. Both engines shut down after ingesting the birds. About 10,000 bird and other wildlife strikes were reported for USA civil aircraft in 2011, according to the US Bird Strike Committee. Commercial aviation aircraft engines are designed to keep flying even after ingesting a four-pound bird, however 36 species of birds in North America weigh more than this, according to the committee. And a 12-pound Canada goose struck by a150-mph aircraft at lift-off generates the kinetic energy of a 1,000-lb weight dropped from a height of 10 feet.

The NTSB investigation revealed that shortly after takeoff, the aircraft passed through a flock of Canadian geese. Both engines shut down after ingesting the birds. About 10,000 bird and other wildlife strikes were reported for USA civil aircraft in 2011, according to the US Bird Strike Committee. Commercial aviation aircraft engines are designed to keep flying even after ingesting a four-pound bird, however 36 species of birds in North America weigh more than this, according to the committee. And a 12-pound Canada goose struck by a150-mph aircraft at lift-off generates the kinetic energy of a 1,000-lb weight dropped from a height of 10 feet.

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Pilot error

 

Heavy winds

 

Canada geese

 

A bomb on board

 
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