February 5th, 2009
04:37 PM ET

'It's a bird strike'

Watch this video to hear audio from the cockpit of the US Airways plane that landed in New York's Hudson River. The FAA just released new audiotapes of the flight that crash-landed in the river.

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  1. ronvan

    TOTALLY INSPIRING: With all of the bad news we get on a daily basis this story is just so inspiring. The next time you are on a plane and arrive safely take the time to thank the pilot and their crew!! You never know!!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  2. jeri landron

    IMy family and can't watch enough of CNN. I can't take it anymore. Enough is enough. Who are the republicans kidding! When Bush and the republicans were in power they could care less what the Democrats wanted or thought. They are the main culprits of the cause of our problems. This is a organized effort by the Republicans to undermine President Obama's efforts to help our economy. Politics are all fine and well when there isn't so much as stake. I think it's time to say "the hell with bi-partisianship"! We are all hurting out here and we need this bleeding to stop now!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  3. lazar

    USA Swimming suspends Phelps for 3 months

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    February 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  4. Ron

    Throughout all of this; there has been justifiable huge praise for all the flight crew and passengers; but listening to the tape reminds me that the air traffic controllers were absolutely awesome.. and have gotten little if any recognition.

    February 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  5. Roger W

    I am just so impressed by Captain Sully's ability to calmly evaluate the situation while liaising with the tower. How fortunate the crew, passengers, and people on the ground were on that day. It really was nothing short of a miracle!

    February 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    This morning I turn on my TV to see CNN, There was breaking news I saw this tape on radio to tower!!!! that is so amazing Sully are my hero!!! And that is so scary for people to listen this tape!!!! Thanks CNN for providing us to see this tape. Also I am proud of the crew of flight #1549!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  7. William of Iowa

    All involved are without doubt true professionals. Those who responded courageous and dedicated. Kudos to all! Send them to Washington – others could use some of that karma in another crisis.

    February 5, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  8. The QSS Blog

    This is amazing, what a decision, essentially for a pilot he chose the hardest and most dangerous option but with a bit of luck he pulled it off, good job!

    February 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  9. Anna

    Hearing Capt. Sully say "unable" is gripping (almost chilling).

    Also notice how flight #1549 gets transposed in the communication with the air controllers and Capt. Sully , as #1529 and #1539 (understandably so) . Yet, so calm and collectively cool at all times.

    Truly incredible professionals!

    February 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    Its amazing how calm the pilot was as he tried to get his plane back to the airport. When he said he was going in the Hudson it didn't even sound like an unusual thing to do. By keeping calm and concentrating on getting the plane down safely this pilot saved a lot of lives, including his own. His actions were heroic and the outcome could not have been better. Its reassuring to me (who hates to fly) that there are pilots of this caliber working for the airlines.

    February 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Yasmin T

    It is just so surreal, it still gives me goosebumps. Such focus.

    February 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  12. Cindy

    It's about time that they released some tapes of this! I was beginning to wonder if they ever would. It's interesting hearing how calm and matter of fact that Sully was. And a bit scary too at the end when they couldn't reach him any more. If you didn't know the happy ending then you'd surely think the worse. The controllers had to be flipping out that they couldn't reach him because the last thing that he said was he was going into the Hudson.


    February 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm |

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