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Reflecting on the Hudson River Plane Crash

January 15, 2009

I’m going to be very self-centered for just a minute. Please bear with me.

Here I am sitting in my office just two blocksĀ  from the Empire State Building. Less than two miles away, a plane crash landed into the Hudson River one hour ago. I had no idea that it happened. I didn’t know anything until I got a call from my Mom in MD.

If that plane had only been off-course just a little bit, I could have been right in its path. I heard sirens all afternoon around my office, but I had no clue what they were for until I got the call.

How is it possible for something so colossal to happen so close to me without me even noticing? I’m sitting here at my computer trying to find live shots of something that is only a couple of blocks away.

I feel like this is supposed to change my life in some way, but I don’t think it will. Would it have been different if 100 people had died? I don’t know.

We’ll see what happens, but I have a hard time just moving on from this and saying “it can only happen in New York.”

Update: Walking through the streets of Manhattan this evening was surreal. How was it possible that an airbus 32o was floating in the river, and you couldn’t tell anything was wrong?

Is it a sign of strength that this city can withstand so much? No. It’s a sign that this city has no heart. Nobody is phased by disaster. Nobody stops to help someone out. Nobody smiles or says hello.

It’s sad.

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US Airways Plane Crashes into Hudson River

January 15, 2009

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A US Airways plane has just made an emergency crash landing in the Hudson River. Apparently the Airbus 320 flew through a flock of birds, had engine problems, and caused the pilot to try to return to La Guardia airport. They were not able to make it back to the airport, and they landed in the Hudson River.

There are no reports of injuries as of now, but it only happened a few minutes ago. I’m at 34th and Lexington, and I have heard a lot of sirens over the last ten minutes.

For years I have been wondering about the part of the pre-flight safety presentation about the water landings. I never believed that a plane could crash into the water, and people could survive. I guess I have been proven wrong.

Always pay attention to the safety movie!

Update: It appears that all passengers and crew have been safely removed.

Update: The sirens in Midtown Manhattan are not stopping. There is a lot of activity in NYC right now due to the place crash.