Filed Under (Aviation) by Sean on January-15-2009

(UPDATED) An image of the flight path superimposed on Google Earth has been added. More coming soon!

Here is some initial information about the US Airways flight that crash landed in the Hudson river shortly after departing KLGA bound for Charlotte. I will be updating this post as more information comes in. It appears the cause of the emergency was bird strikes in both engines, causing complete engine flameout.

Here is a table giving coordinates of the aircraft, speed and altitude, and the ATC facility with which the crew was communicating. Remarkable. You do practice engine out procedures extensively and aircraft are designed to survive bird strikes; the pilot’s judgment was impeccable and critical to the passengers’ survival. Had he attempted to return to KLGA, it would have had disastrous consequences.

Time Position Ground
speed
Altitude Facility
Eastern TZ Latitude Longitude kts Feet Location/Type
03:26PM 40.80 -73.87 151 1800 level New York TRACON
03:27PM 40.83 -73.87 174 2800 climbing New York TRACON
03:27PM 40.86 -73.88 194 3200 climbing New York Center
03:28PM 40.88 -73.90 202 2000 descending New York TRACON
03:28PM 40.86 -73.93 215 1600 descending New York Center
03:29PM 40.83 -73.95 194 1200 descending New York TRACON
03:29PM 40.82 -73.97 191 1300 climbing New York Center
03:30PM 40.78 -74.00 189 400 descending New York TRACON
03:31PM 40.75 -74.02 153 300 descending New York TRACON

Here is the flight data superimposed on Google Earth:

AWE1549 Flight Path