January 15th, 2009
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  1. Sabrina

    Big Kudos to a pilot that knew what to do and to all the people that came to the rescue. Wouldn't be amazing to be able to say "I survived a plane crash"? God bless all involved.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Samantha, Eugene, Oregon

    Bless Ben W.

    Is Gaza letting international reporters in now?

    January 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    If the plane is salvagble it will be refurbished and put back in service if it passes inspection.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Jennifer - Michigan

    Great report Erica,
    Have a good night, sleep tight, pleasant dreams to you all......Count our blessings.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Glad Ben got in! Hopefully a ceasefire will be reached very soon.

    Hope everyone has a great evening! Talk to you all Monday. (Gonna be on the road to VA tomorrow.)

    January 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Thursday's shot? I guess it proves we are all vulnerable to the world around us. Today was a good day for these people. Night all Thanks Erica and Campbell.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Tonight's show was a "feel good" show! Hope everyone stays safe and warm (it's freezing here in Michigan!)

    Have a good evening Campbell, Erica, and fellow bloggers....

    January 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. LisaL -Canada

    Perhaps it WAS a miracle. The shot of the people appearing to be walking on water leads one to believe that.

    Whatever brought the plane down, you have to believe that there was a counter-force keeping everyone as safe as possible.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    Unfortunately, many of the people in the plane may now be traumatized by this incident.

    No kidding!

    January 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Angela McGill

    I just got out of school, when I heard the story. I just start crying because it was so moving that everyone survived the crash. Even though I didn't know anyone on the plane it touched me and allowed me to remember how miracles can happen and they happen through God. The pilot was about business, but God used him as the vessile for the blessing. Congradulations all survivors, live life to the fullest.

    CAUTION: Be happy to be alive and dont feel like its final destination because if it was meant for you to die you would have on that airplane.......love, peace, and happiness.

    Angela McGill

    January 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Bea

    I've been in two near misses on planes. That makes me suspect that there are more close calls than we know.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  12. vincent

    God Bless Ben W. if anyone could get inside of Gaza it would be him. I continue to feel that this was needs resolution asap...the suffering on both sides has to stop, there has to be a way.

    Good night everyone, it has been quite a day.

    We send prayers for Ben W.'s & crews protection.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  13. EJ (USA)

    So when this plane is retrieved, does it get placed in a museum after the investigation?

    January 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  14. shep

    This is why we will get through our crisis in our time.
    We adjust, we are calm, and we pull off miracles.
    We are america-
    We are strong –
    We will survive and succede..... thank you master pilot of reminding us of this.
    We needed this and you just proved it to `150 people..
    I believe it now.. go Obama show us the way.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  15. LisaL -Canada

    Statistically, I believe the chances of someone being involved in an airplane crash is much lower than driving (which may or may not be reassuring, depending on your personal fears or uncomfortableness regarding flying).

    Unfortunately, many of the people in the plane may now be traumatized by this incident. Statistically, the chances of any one of them being involved again in an airplane incident like this would be practically zero. But that probably isn't too comforting if you have already been affected.

    I hope none of the people involved, including flight crew, have any long-lasting negative effects from this horrible incident – either physical or emotional.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  16. David, Indiana

    Oh, that's why the plane was able to stay above water for so long, the ditch switch. It worked amazingly well.

    Tom Foreman's info about the migratory flyways is interesting, I wonder when the migrations take place, seems to be at various times. Would knowing this be helpful.

    Hi Campbell, Erica, everyone.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Richard Lewis

    Gonna pay attention to the Flight Attendants next time you're onboard
    a commercial flight, folks?

    January 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Minou, New York City

    I'm so glad to hear Ben Wedeman is in Gaza! Stay safe, Ben.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  19. brian from NYC

    Great reporting Erica. You are one of my favorites on CNN. I like how you are a responsible and careful reporter, giving facts about the bird strikes but bringing it around to reality telling us at the end that the chances are slim that anyone could get hurt from a bird strike. Too much reporting is exaggerated and instills fear in the hearts and minds of viewers. I like watching your reports.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Bea

    Thank God for Ben Wederman!

    January 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I was completely unaware that bird strikes were so common. I had often wondered about it when flying, but figured it was a rare occurrence. Hopefully future technology will help to prevent them from occurring.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Erica: Thanks for your report and the info. tonight on the birds. It is sad that they can be such a threat to the airplanes. I hope that radar and new technologies are developed soon to help save their lives and to prevent any more emergency landings.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    An amazing accomplishment on the part of the pilot and crew on that US Air crash. Good show tonight.

    Good night all BLoggers and Campbell and Erica. Time to start the celebrations.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Bridget, Cypress, Tx

    Goodnite all and what a wonderful day and nite we've had. A Miracle on the Hudson:)

    January 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Minou, New York City

    Renee: the ditch switch seals all the openings on the plane so it can float.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches, TX

    Goodnight all~
    Here's wishing each and every one of you miracles everyday!

    January 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Steve~Beaufort,SC

    For Kate from Armidale, Australia.....

    This aircraft can not "dump fuel" before an emergency landing.
    (It is not possible to do in many airliners) It just lands overweight
    if it has to land shortly after take off. Of course then it is documented in the aircraft's log and it is inspected there after. Hope that eases your concern.
    Any spilled fuel is being diluted out into the Atlantic by now.......

    January 15, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good evening Erica. You're right, what a day. Thanks for the info on the birds. I wondered about that.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Deena

    Candy was right on tonight and so was David. Not sure I understand the dyamics going on with Obama and Congress. I had hoped they would challenge the TARP part 2 bailout, not to obtruct it and not to decline it, as we need it, but to make sure we have measures in place and means to account for where it is going. I still think we could get this from AIG and the others who were giving the money in the fall.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Lauri Curtis

    Not sure if things are different at USAirways- but at American Airlines,
    injured Flight Attendants would be required to use their own SICK TIME after such an accident if they need time off. No special pay, no special treatment.... probably just another pay cut and harassment letter for calling in sick.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Renee

    Okay, pilots on the blog, what does a ditch switch do for a pilot? Tom's explanation was confusing.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Bridget, Cypress, Tx

    Jolene, I hope we're going to see a new congress, one willing to put aside party lines and work with Pres. Obama to help us get out of this mess we're in.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  33. Minou, New York City

    Aha! Thank you Tom Foreman! Now I know why the plane didn't sink. Tom is always so good at explaining things..

    January 15, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  34. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches, TX

    Hello Erica~The miracle on the Hudson would make a nice movie~

    January 15, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  35. EJ (USA)

    How come so many heart-stopping events occur in New York?

    January 15, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  36. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Erica,
    Some story...It's a miracle.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  37. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Well I gotta run a little early tonight 😦 But I hope everyone has a good evening! Good Night Campbell, Erica and bloggers! And as always it was great to have Mr. Gergen, Ms. Crowley and Dr. Gupta on the program with us this evening!

    January 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  38. ericacnn

    hi, everyone – what a day! it was busy before the plane landed on the hudson.

    the capt is incredible.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  39. Fran, St. Louis

    What about the First Officer? The Airbus is a two pilot airplane. If both pilots are qualified as Captains on the Airbus they typically change roles on each flight through the course of a day. Sullenberger may have been acting as First Officer on this flight, maybe not. Once they listen to the voice recorder we will know for sure. I would like to know who the other pilot was.
    St. Louis

    January 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, if Candy Crowley is right, looks like we are going to see a Congress that doesn't want to rock the boat when it comes to Obama!

    January 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Daniel Talley

    All of you should think again, President Bush did a great job. He was not scared to fight. He kept the wars overseas. I am sorry our guys had to fight, but we are all in this together, WE ARE AMERICANS ! !

    January 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  42. jim watkins

    several has asked about putting a screen in front of the engine, it would restrict the flow of air into the engine, the engine develops power by accelerating a mass of air to the rear thru convergent/divergent ducts and develops thrust, so the airflow can not be restricted see what happen to this plane when you restrict the air flow that's what happens with a bird strike and the engines flame-out

    January 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  43. Jennifer - Michigan

    Candy is the best! She knows her stuff.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  44. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I agree with Candy Crowley. I think congress is always looking to their own future. They don't want to rock the boat. I don't know how long that will last, but they opted for a smooth beginning.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
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