Plane Crash on the Hudson River

Re: Plane crash on the Hudson river

PostBy: Cap On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:58 pm

Freddy wrote:
Cap wrote:How deep was the water?

Over your head! :)

It's at least 32 feet to maintain shipping, but parts are up to 200 feet. The Statue Of Liberty has to hold her breath when she walks home at the end of the day.

The plane crashed above the shipping channel ,large piers & Staten Island. I do not beleive shipping occurs beyond this area. Is it dredged? It is tidal water and it would require dredging.
If it had been deep, wouldn't the plane have sunk? It was at least 50% filled with water. No news is reporting depth of water. But the tide was obviously running out at the time. I think the aircraft was dragging bottom.
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Re: Plane crash on the Hudson river

PostBy: tvb On: Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:02 pm

Oh, there's shipping there alright. Boats go quite a ways up the Hudson - maybe not the huge ocean liners that go to Bayonne but certainly large barges and other smaller ships. Plus, it was right off the pier where the Intrepid is and where the cruise ships dock when in the city.

The pilot of the jet was extremely lucky there wasn't any traffic on the river where he put that plane down - it's an extremely busy section of waterway with tourist ferries, commuter ferries and other shipping traffic. I work in that neighborhood where it first went down so am very familiar with that section of river plus I've been on it several times in sailboats and ferries.

The current on that section of water is always swift regardless of where the tide is. It's deep and it's fast. The plane was floating which is why it kept moving downriver as the rescues were taking place. This type apparently has a ditch switch which seals all openings where water could get in. Notice they didn't open the rear emergency exits ...that would have let water in as well so they stuck to the exits over the wings at first.
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Re: Plane crash on the Hudson river

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:28 am

The news people stated 62 feet deep.
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