Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Airways Flight 1549: Congressional testimony by crew members and ATC

U S House of RepresentativesCrew members from US Airways Flight 1549, which ditched in the Hudson River in New York on January 15, 2008, testified at a hearing this morning before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, U.S. House of Representatives. All five crew members from US Airways Flight 1549 were present at the hearings: Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III; First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles; and Flight Attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Welsh, and Donna Dent. New York TRACON air traffic controller Patrick Harten, who was handling Flight 1549 at the time of the emergency also testified.

Both of the pilots from US Airways Flight 1549 submitted prepared statements to the Committee, as did Mr. Harten. Copies of their written testimony, as well as that of other witnesses at the hearings, are available for download from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee website.

Here are the direct links to individual statements of the pilots, and the TRACON controller:
Each statement presents an important point of view. Successive posts here on Aircrew Buzz will feature excerpts from their testimony.

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