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Hudson River Splashdown Wrecked Air Traffic Controller

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

Fearing US Airways Flight 1549 had crashed and no one would survive, air traffic controller Patrick Harten said he was an emotional wreck after the plane disappeared from his radar screen. Harten is speaking about the crash for the first time, as the US House holds a hearing today on what lessons the nation can learn from the averted disaster.

Harten recalled how he told pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to return to LaGuardia, then offered up a runway at Teterboro. Sullenberger replied that his plane was 'gonna be in the Hudson” and the rest of the “miracle” is history. Only Harten didn’t trust Sully’s flying prowess: “People don’t survive landings on the Hudson River,” he said today, “I thought it was his own death sentence.”

After the plane disappeared from his radar, Harten was relieved from his duty, saying he was in no shape to guide planes through the air. He said that moment was 'his lowest low.' He couldn't even speak to his wife, opting to send a text message instead: 'Had a crash. I'm not OK. Can't talk right now.'

Listen here for Harten's entire opening statement before the House Aviation Committee:


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Plane Debris Recovered

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Photo by NYPD Sgt. Kevin Hayes, DCPI

Photo by NYPD Sgt. Kevin Hayes, DCPI

The stern of an NYPD Harbor vessel is filled with parts of US AIR Flight 1549 that police officers recovered from the Hudson River on Thursday January 15, ...

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Flight 1549 First 911 Calls

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

WNYC's Bob Hennelly received audio and transcripts for US Air Flight 1549 911 calls:

January 15, 2009. Time: 15:29

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NYPD Divers Rescue Crash Victims

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The NYPD press conference (Photo by Bob Hennelly)

The NYPD press conference (Photo by Bob Hennelly)

NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne gave the following account in an e-mail message to WNYC' s Bob Hennelly:

'Just after the plane hit the water, NYPD Harbor ...

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