Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Only Sully should fly over the Hudson

On August 8th there was a mid-air collision between a small chartered aircraft and a helicopter over the Hudson only about 25 blocks from where I live. The helicopter tour company that was involved in the crash is located on the West Side highway where I run so I see it everyday (well, almost) and have even pondered taking one of the tours. On this day the helicopter was taking 5 Italian tourists out and the chartered plane had 3 people on board. This made the death count 9 people (including the helicopter pilot), with 2 still not recovered from the Hudson. During a press conference shortly after the crash Mayor Bloomberg was quoted as saying "This is not going to be a happy ending, ... This has changed from a rescue to a recovery mission. Sadly, there's not a lot of rescue to be done."

For those that don't know the reference to Sully, he was the gentleman who successfully landed the U.S. Airway Jet he was piloting on the Hudson River saving the 155 passengers and crew aboard. It is being touted as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

We walked down to have lunch on the river and see what we could witness. Here are a couple pictures ....

- they just finished the press conference with Mayor Bloomberg in the parking lot of the Helicopter Tour place involved in the crash

- the NYPD Helicopter still surveying the area.

- Sway from MTV news (in the brown hat) enjoying lunch with a few lady friends in a table just near us at The Frying Pan on the Hudson. I guess MTV was airing The Real World, something with Puffy, etc and didn't find the crash newsworthy.


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