Thursday, February 05, 2009

FAA releases ATC audio related to the US Airways Flight 1549 accident

FAA logoThis morning the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released eight ATC audio recordings related to the ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York on January 15, 2009. All of the recordings and related transcripts are available for download from the FAA website:

All of the audio recordings are MP3 files, but be warned that some file sizes are rather large, and since they are unedited, some have a long run time (more than 40 min). The transcripts are PDF files.

Communications between the flight crew of 'Cactus 1549' and ATC are on the New York TRACON audio. Other audio files provide insight into what was going on and being said on the ground at LaGuardia and Teterboro during the emergency.

The Class Bravo Airspace Position audio records conversations between ATC and some helicopter pilots who saw the A320 splash down in the Hudson. They reported its position abeam of the USS Intrepid, and that the aircraft was afloat and rafts were being deployed.

On the Cab Coordinator Position audio, you can hear someone from the Port Authority say, "we got survivors, we got survivors, alright they're picking 'em up," and then, "there are numerous survivors... the plane's still afloat."

As we know now, all 155 souls on board US Airways Flight 1549 did indeed survive.

RELATED: Click here to view all posts about US Airways Flt 1549 on Aircrew Buzz.