On a nippy sunny day in January 2009, the US Airways Airbus A320 crew were in the middle of the climbout when the plane struck a flock of migrant birds and lost thrust in both engines. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the aircraft’s captain, made what to him was the only right decision – to glide the disabled plane to a ditching in the Hudson River. His decision, in combination with the prompt response from the ground rescue services, helped avoid escalation of the disastrous situation to a catastrophic status and bring the passengers and crew to safety. But was Sully right? Could he have stretched the resources to bring the plane to a landing at one of the numerous airports around New York? Or was the river their only hope? Put yourself in the heroic commander’s shoes, make a super-fast decision, and do your damnedest to save the people on board and the aircraft.
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The events of January 15, 2009 were dubbed A Miracle on the Hudson. On that day, Chesley Sullenberger the captain of Flight 1549, glided his A320 to a safe ditching in the freezing waters of the Hudson River in New York City. All 155 people on board survived the crash landing. However, despite the honors showered on the crew by the public and media an investigation was initiated, which put in jeopardy Captain Sully’s reputation and his long and distinguished career.
The investigation and situation re-construction involved the use of Airbus’s professional training simulators called upon to generate and analyze the captain’s possible alternative actions. You can replicate the movie events and the investigation findings, implement the experts’ recommendations, assess the pilot’s responses and draw your own first-hand conclusions regarding the impact of the human factor and the implications of the Captain’s ultimate decision.