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Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination

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ISBN13: 9780345519948
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In this heart-stopping, page-turning tale of fear, heroism, and redemption, the passengers of the Hudson River crash landing tell their remarkable stories.

 

Millions watched the aftermath on television, while others witnessed the event actually happening from the windows of nearby skyscrapers. But only 155 people know firsthand what really happened on U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009. Now, for the first time, the survivors detail their astounding, terrifying, and inspiring experiences on that freezing winter day in New York City. Written by two esteemed journalists, Miracle on the Hudson is the entire tale from takeoff to bird strike to touchdown to rescue, seen through the eyes and felt in the souls of those on board the fateful flight.

Revealing many new and compelling details, Miracle on the Hudson dramatically evokes the explosion and "smell of burning flesh" as both engines were destroyed by geese, the violent landing on the river that felt like a "huge car wreck," the gridlock in the aisles as the plane filled swiftly with freezing water, and the thrill of the passengers' rescue from the wings and from rafts—all of it recalled by the "cross section of America" on board.

Jay McDonald, a thirty-nine-year-old software developer, had survived brain-tumor surgery just two years earlier and now faced the unimaginable.

Tracey Wolsko, a nervous flier, suddenly became other people's rock: "Just pray. It's going to be all right." Jim Whitaker, a construction executive, reassured a nervous mother of two young children on board, only later admitting, "I was pathologically lying the whole time." As the plane started sinking, Lucille Palmer, eighty-five, told her daughter to save herself: "Just leave me!"

Featuring much more than what the media reported—moments of chaos in addition to stoicism and common sense, and the fortuitous mistakes and quick instincts that saved lives that otherwise would have been lost—Miracle on the Hudson is the chronicle of one of the most phenomenal feel-good stories of recent years, one that could have been a nightmare and instead became a stirring narrative of heroism and hope for our times.

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There were 155 passengers on board Flight 1549, and each presumbably thought this was the end of their lives. How did it feel to be aboard that flight as a passenger, and what has the accident done to the lives of those on board? We go right inside the fuselage as the realization dawns that something is terribly wrong. We hear the silence of no engines. We watch as the George Washington Bridge passes just 900 feet below the plane. We hear the words, 'brace for impact.' Then we, too, are in the Hudson, freezing water pouring in to the plane, the emergency doors opening, and the frigid air welcoming these survivors of a miracle back to life.

We hear from mothers, daughters, sons, fathers. They include Tess Sosa, who was flying that day with her husband and two children, the only family aboard the plane, and Jay McDonald, who had recently recovered from a brain tumor once thought to have been terminal. Casey Jones, who now helps to run an organization of the survivors, actually called his daughter from the wing of the aircraft right after the ditching. She said, 'A plane crash? Daddy?' Miracle on the Hudson is an inspirational tale of survivaland gratitude.

About the Author

William Prochnau and Laura Parker write collaborative articles for Vanity Fair, where Prochnau is a contributing editor. They interviewed 120 passengers of Flight 1549, as well as many first responders and rescuers. Prochnau, a former national correspondent for The Washington Post, has written three acclaimed books, including Once Upon A Distant War . Parker covered aviation for The Washington Post and spent 10 years as a national correspondent at USA Today. They live in Washington, D.C.

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Carol, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by Carol)
While the book was absorbing, it is not a good, factual account of the accident, relying instead on the subjective impressions of the passengers, warped by the passage of time. If you are reading to explore an airplane accident from the point of view of the passengers, it is good... until the last chapter, which deteriorates into a religious tract. It is flawed as well by technical errors, as well as poor descriptions which don't correlate well with a real airplane. Overall, I was disappointed in the authors, and the passengers, who seemed to have learned nothing from their experience. They all believed that airplane accidents are 100 percent fatal, and as a result, were poorly prepared to do what was required to save themselves. Many were aware that they were going to land in the river, yet only two removed their life vests prior to leaving the airplane. They didn't know where the exits were or how to operate them, and instead of reviewing this information during the descent, they wailed and prayed and tried to use their cell phones. Most didn't know how to brace for impact, and they kept coming out of the brace position to look around, resulting in many head injuries. Some now confess to medicating themselves in order to fly, which further limits their ability to rapidly exit an airplane in an emergency; others mentioned closing the window shades because they were afraid to look, depriving them of information which could be vital for their survival. There is no mention about the irrationality of their fears: some drove instead of flying on other trips, thus increasing their chances of dying. This book may be enjoyed by religious readers--especially Christians--but will disappoint anyone who has hopes for humans becoming rational creatures.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345519948
Subtitle:
The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination
Author:
Parker, Laura
Author:
Parker, Laura
Author:
Prochnau, William
Author:
The Survivors of Flight 1549
Author:
with Bill Prochnau and Laura Parker
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Aircraft accidents -- New York (State)
Subject:
Airplanes -- Ditching.
Subject:
Safety
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091013
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PAGE B/W PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.36x6.42x1.00 in. 1.07 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , There were 155 passengers on board Flight 1549, and each presumbably thought this was the end of their lives. How did it feel to be aboard that flight as a passenger, and what has the accident done to the lives of those on board? We go right inside the fuselage as the realization dawns that something is terribly wrong. We hear the silence of no engines. We watch as the George Washington Bridge passes just 900 feet below the plane. We hear the words, 'brace for impact.' Then we, too, are in the Hudson, freezing water pouring in to the plane, the emergency doors opening, and the frigid air welcoming these survivors of a miracle back to life.

We hear from mothers, daughters, sons, fathers. They include Tess Sosa, who was flying that day with her husband and two children, the only family aboard the plane, and Jay McDonald, who had recently recovered from a brain tumor once thought to have been terminal. Casey Jones, who now helps to run an organization of the survivors, actually called his daughter from the wing of the aircraft right after the ditching. She said, 'A plane crash? Daddy?' Miracle on the Hudson is an inspirational tale of survivaland gratitude.

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