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June 9th, 2009
03:12 PM ET

'Miracle on the Hudson' transcript released

Editor's Note: Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began its three-day public hearing on safety concerns raised by the “Miracle on the Hudson”. In January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549, captained by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after Canadian geese flew into both engines almost immediately after take-off. In order to fully investigate the incident, the NTSB board will examine passenger and crew interviews as well as in-flight communications. Read the transcript below for the conversation between Capt. Sullenberger, his co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles and air traffic control right before their heroic landing.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/02/24/hudson.controller/art.plane.grab.coned.jpg caption="Surveillance video shows passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 hurrying onto the plane's wings on January 15."]

National Transportation Safety Board

Communication between Capt. Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles in the cockpit:

Sullenberger: birds.

Skiles: whoa.

[sound of thump/thud(s) followed by shuddering sound]

Skiles: oh #. [expletive]

Sullenberger: oh yeah.

[sound similar to decrease in engine noise/frequency begins]

Skiles: uh oh.

Part of the conversation between Capt. Sullenberger and air traffic controller Patrick Harten:

Harten: Cactus fifteen twenty nine turn right two eight
zero, you can land runway one at Teterboro.

Sullenberger: we can't do it.

Harten: kay which runway would you like at Teterboro?

Sullenberger: we're gonna be in the Hudson.

Harten: I'm sorry say again Cactus?

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Chesley Sullenberger
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. GH

    JC: Our economy already landed in the Hudson. We're just now starting to fish it up; then we gotta salvage what's left.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  2. Isabel, Brazil

    It was a fright the emergency landing, but a happy moment of the aviation where the pilot was able to save everyone.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  3. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    Miracle on the Hudson. Isn't synonymous with Shall We Gather At The River? Amen to Sully!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  4. JC- Los Angeles

    If Captain Sullenberger can somehow bring Flight # 1549 in for a soft and safe landing, why on earth isn't the president enlisting him to try and bring our economy in for a similar landing?

    June 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm |