On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320 on a flight from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina, struck a flock of birds shortly after take-off, losing all engine power. Unable to reach any airport for an emergency landing, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a ditching in the Hudson River off Midtown Manhattan.
All 155 people on board were rescued by nearby boats, with a few serious injuries. (from Wikipedia article on the Hudson ditching)
Captain “Sully” Sullenberger was the “hero” of the flight and he gives a minute by minute description of the incident on Youtube.
I’ve broken this long documentary into three parts and made a video quiz for each part:
– part 1 video quiz
– part 2 video quiz
– part 3 video quiz (contributed by Serge Tchanda – thanks Serge!)
PDF transcripts of these three parts is available here:
Any ideas for improving or adding to this lesson activity folder? (just post them on the chatbox or contact Roger)