Thursday, January 15, 2009

plane down in the hudson

Just reading some reports coming through about a US Airways passenger jet coming down in the Hudson River in New York. Reports very slow, but it sounds like a small accident, rather than a disaster - or something more ominous. Early days, but it's undeniably a legacy of 9/11 that whenever you hear of anything like this, you just freeze, hold your breath, and hope not. Will we always feel that way?

Update: it was a small plane, and the passengers are reportedly stood on the aircraft's wings, waiting to be rescued, so it looks like it's nothing terrifically dramatic - in fact they're suggesting that the crash may have been caused by the plane, flying at low altitude, colliding with a flock of geese. Extraordinary.

1 comment:

Skuds said...

Indeed. What a contrast to 2001.

I was on the phone to the Mrs. She was at home and interupted herself to tell me that a plane had crashed into the twin towers.

My immediate mental image was of a small Cessna bouncing off, leaving a small dent. Anything else was, literally, unthinkable but now its the default assumption.

A real global loss of innocence.