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Xuluman – 06/06/2013 10:31 GMT

Perhaps the worst psychological aspect of BA38 was the lack of options available for the pilots and the lack of thinking time, it was literally a matter of reducing the flap setting and hoping they had enough energy to make the runway.

If you contrast this incident with the USAir that lost both engines after the bird strike out of La Guardia, Sullenberger had the time (and knowledge/skill/experience) to consider the options and make a reasoned decision and his voice reflects that, in the ATC tapes.

The common aspect of both ATC tapes is the commendable reaction by the controllers in London and New York.

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