Savvy US Airways Pilot May Have Grounded Lawsuits

By | January 23, 2009

  • January 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm
    crabber says:
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    Reading this article just made me lose all faith in humanity

  • January 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    Compman says:
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    We all know that there are a group of lawyers out there that are all upset that the plane did not have a spectacular crash with many dead. I have two lawyers in my family. One wears a gigantic tin foil hat and the other is on Prozac.

  • January 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm
    Stat Guy says:
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    You can bet that in 46 days, Robert Vaughn will be shilling on TV for someone to “get the compensation you deserve”…no plaintiff’s attorney worth his salt would pass up on this one….someone has to pay, of course, and all it takes is the lure of easy money. You’ll see greed has no bounds!

  • January 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    Hay Man says:
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    The billboard reads: “Upset that you or a family member did not die in a planecrash? Get the money you should have if you or they did. Call 1-800-Its-a-Bird……”

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:01 am
    WhoaBuddy says:
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    Can Canada be sued since its their national bird. I mean, come on, my argument would sue the government because they’ve lost control of the geese and have been unwilling to reduce incidences….

    Bring the suits!!

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:08 am
    Watcher says:
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    Lawyers were the reason the Roman empire failed. We on the long road down.

    GREED KILLS

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:14 am
    Happy says:
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    Crabber, you just now lost faith in humanity. The blood suckers will find a way to get money out of this. It will be something like the air lines should monitor bird flocks or some other rediculous thing. Any of the survivors that sue should worry about Karma in the future. They are lucky to be alive and should leave it at that. It was no ones fault.

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:15 am
    Compman says:
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    We all know it was Bush’s fault!.

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:17 am
    Fred Coste says:
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    Stop blaming God, He gave them a well trained flight crew, arranged for daylight, VFR conditions, smooth water and lots of boats to pick people up. Perhaps the lawyers should be looking a Chuck Schumer, who gave the “birders” a grant for the sanctuary on the island where the geese are nested and fed!
    That was a good idea, Chuck. :-)

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:33 am
    Ralph says:
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    Is it true that the geese were heard screaming “Allahu Akbar!” before throwing themselves in front of the plane???

    In all seriousness, it’s an absolute miracle that everyone survived.

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:48 am
    Johnny Cockrun says:
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    I am gathering fishermen to start a class action suit against the airline. Not only did the landing in the Hudson River scare away all the fish for a few hours costing my clients several dollars lost income, the plane even killed a few. This is tragic!

  • January 23, 2009 at 1:54 am
    Optimist says:
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    The $5k the airline sent to each passenger should be more than enough to replace lost luggage…. damaged clothes….etc. Hopefully each passenger will be happy to be alive and move along.

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:09 am
    Got to love it says:
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    For those afraid to fly (My hand is raised) what January 15th showed is answers to many questions nervous flyer’s think…
    Will a plane stay intact if it has to land on water? Yes.
    Will a plane float on water? Yes.
    Will the wings support passengers? Yes.
    Can an airplane be evacuated in 90 seconds? Yes.
    Will people act calm and gracious in an emergency? Yes.
    Are prayers answered? Yes.

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:11 am
    Nick says:
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    Jeff Skiles the co-pilot has not been given enough credit. My friend is an air traffic controller and from what I understand, he did all the work. Sully almost crapt his pants!

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:12 am
    Hmm says:
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    Can a little flock of birds bring down an airplane? Yes

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:13 am
    Got to love it says:
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    Both should be given equal credit, but is a shame not co-pilot is not in the AP

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:14 am
    Got to love it says:
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    I missed that one LOL

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:23 am
    Attorney's phone number says:
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    I think Hay Man has the wrong phone number. Should be: 1-800-Give ’em the bird. Besides, does anyone know happy attorneys? (other than when they collect their exhorbitant fees, I mean)

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:36 am
    Democrat says:
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    If only he had been sworn into office in time…..

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:40 am
    Mark says:
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    Thats not true actually, because Sully was at the inauguration, someone else would have been flying the plane and everyone would be dead!

    It would have been Obamasfault

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:41 am
    Ralph says:
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    Dem, you didn’t see him walk across the water to save all those people?

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:47 am
    Save the Geese! says:
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    True Mr. D., however the “Friends of the Geese” advocates and supporters are already having meetings with Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Barbara Boxer, & Al Frankin on legal action and equal rights for Geese. I believe the title of the new bill which will proceed the lawsuit is “Share the Air”. All we can do is wait and hope that in time these birds will have equal protection under the law. The horror that these birds aren’t protected and bird excluders were not introduced or attempted on these airplanes.

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:58 am
    Dick Morris says:
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    Actually it was Bush who started the patriot act, which took away our right to say “Obamasfault”

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:59 am
    crabber says:
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    OK, so I’ve been wondering how it would be possible to prove the airline’s negligence. I don’t think a direct charge that they should have had a flock-avoidance-system or anti-flock-brakes would, ahem, fly, so that’s out. Asserting that the jet engines should be able to withstand a direct hit from a 10 lb bird is also problematic.
    But, they may be able to assert that the airlines are major consumers of fossil fuels, which when used create greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, which throws off the migratory patterns of birds. I mean, what’re a flock of geese doing flying around the Bronx in the middle of January anyway?

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:01 am
    Joe Mama says:
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    I hate those freakin’ Canada geese. They’re complete pests and should be destroyed. Anyone know if they’re edible?

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:09 am
    bill says:
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    Can the birds bring legal action, I mean there must have been 5 or 6 birds killed by and through the negligence of the pilot. Someone should call Peta.

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:13 am
    Ratemaker says:
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    Yes, they’re edible. And delicious. And legal to hunt in some places.

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:14 am
    Bill says:
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    I actually heard after the plane ditching that the Feds have a mandatory drug test after a crash for the pilots and crew. Would it not have been extreamely funny if they were drunk at the time. Just a little observation.

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:32 am
    Bob says:
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    That would have been fricken awesome!

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:42 am
    Why bother says:
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    I see this is a really intellectual forum

  • January 23, 2009 at 3:46 am
    Mark says:
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    I see its Friday afternoon too – Maybe youre the one that needs a drink.

  • January 23, 2009 at 4:26 am
    Charlie Rangel says:
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    Many of you may think that using the TARP money for geese is a ludicrous idea…but it may sound downright intelligent when you watch how my homies like Barney Frank and I are going to spend it!

    Talk about generational theivery…you have no idea! Oh Boy…We’re gettin another trillion in the cookie jar and look-out!!

  • January 24, 2009 at 1:02 am
    nobody important says:
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    I remember a baseball game in Canada years ago where a prominent major league player was under threat of arrest if he entered the country again. He had killed a bird with a fly ball during the game. It’s a good thing this attack on those helpless birds didn’t happen up north.

  • January 24, 2009 at 1:31 am
    wudchuck says:
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    10 reasons for geese to fly into the path of an airliner:

    10) you are invading my airspace.

    9) our gyroscopes were offline.

    8) radar was not working.

    7) we honked but you just kept going.

    6) emergency break away plan did not work with our flight pattern.

    5) thought you were going the other direction.

    4) had trouble lining up on your wing.

    3) our flock was not showing up on your radar.

    2) the geese flight controller gave us the wrong directions.

    1) we could not hear above your engine noise.

  • January 24, 2009 at 6:34 am
    Maxine says:
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    Oh my gosh! what next! some folks just don’t have enough to do it seems – give me a break with all this foolishness and ridiculous comments – you should say “THank God” no one was killed, the pilots (all of them) did their job!

  • January 26, 2009 at 7:56 am
    BC says:
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    Who knows, maybe all of the passagers are happy to be alive and will not look for any compensation, except what hey received from the airline already for damaged luggage. If this were to happen then what would the attorney’s do? I can only hope that this is the outcome, but with 155 passangers the law of averages says someone will look for $$$$. I hope not.

  • January 26, 2009 at 9:17 am
    Ralph says:
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    wudchuck, another lame post by you (as you always do).

  • January 26, 2009 at 9:32 am
    Safety Guy says:
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    Relief and thankfulness can turn to anger and revenge with one phone call….

  • January 26, 2009 at 9:36 am
    wudchuck says:
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    well, i don’t always put in lame comments… but here’s my point:

    it was well done and everyone did what they were supposed to do. no life was lost. but when you see posts of folks always complaining or saying that it’s uncle sam’s fault or bush or obama, we know that it’s not true. it be like me stating that, you drove your car into the wall or light pole, but instead of taking responsibility for the action, you blame it on someone outside of yourself. society today does not want to be responsible, just money hungry. lawyers are ready to battle down the doors no matter who is in the right or wrong. they will get their money. what makes it worse is that most cases are frivilous and take years to come to court. also, most folks don’t realize that it does really take 2 pilots to launch or land a plane, especially during emergencies and the flight crew helping by instructing the passengers. thankfully, in this case everyone proceeded accordingly. i was on a plane a few days after this event going out to vegas…

    sometimes, we just need a bit of humor to get over things. just stop blaming folks.

  • January 26, 2009 at 10:03 am
    Reagan says:
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    Who was the baseball player, Ralph?

  • January 26, 2009 at 10:36 am
    DC says:
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    It’s just a matter of time before someone files a lawsuit!

  • January 26, 2009 at 10:57 am
    WHAT says:
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    Who? The birds? Maybe that is why they were flying around the the airport in the middle of January. Maybe they forgot to have a designated flyer.

  • January 26, 2009 at 11:03 am
    Anonymous says:
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    f

  • January 26, 2009 at 11:05 am
    Anonymous says:
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    I think it was Randy Johnson. It was on a pitch though not a hit.

  • January 26, 2009 at 11:06 am
    Matt says:
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    Search Randy Johnson hits bird for the amazing video.

  • January 26, 2009 at 11:37 am
    Ratemaker says:
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    Actually, I think the incident nobody important is referring to involved Dave Winfield. During warmups he threw a ball at a seagull in the infield expecting it to fly away. He killed it instead.

  • January 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    Joe Mama says:
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    Hey, Wud–

    for what it’s worth, I appreciate your sense of humor. The world would be a better place if we could all laugh at something at least once a day. Stay you.

  • January 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm
    Eric the Actor says:
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    Are you sure it wasn’t Goose Gossage?

  • January 26, 2009 at 1:47 am
    Audobon society member says:
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    The Dave Winfield seagull incident was between innings and was not caught on video. The Randy Johnson incident was a live game situation when one of his fastballs hit an unfortunate bird flying by and the bird literally exploded.

  • January 26, 2009 at 3:12 am
    Shield says:
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    I suspect just about eveeryone on board that plane came close to crapping their pants.

  • August 3, 2009 at 6:06 am
    triplsvn says:
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    the airlines do reduced power takeoffs to lower engine maintenance costs and comply with noise abatement procedures near airports. This causes a lower(more birds) longer time takeoff profile. The airlines fly assigned ground tracks to avoid noise sensitive areas and associated noise monitors. This causes the ground track to pass over unpopulated areas(more birds) causing more risk of bird strike….This is condoned by the FAA, NTSB, Airlines, Pilots, Pilot’s Union, and engine manufacturer. The New York Port Authority would have the capability to see each bird in the area and the traffic was not pointed out in the case of US Airways 1549. Where’s all the beautiful lawsuits? I’m waithing………..



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