US carriers' record of no fatalities continues

16 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

The US media had
been full of reports this week that its carriers had gone two years without a
fatality. Amazingly this record continues, with all 155 passengers surviving
yesterday’s US Airways Hudson River crash.

Reports suggest
that the Airbus A320’s engines suffered a double bird strike, forcing it to ditch
into the river just minutes after taking off from La Guardia airport.

The crash
happened at around 1500 local time, with ferries arriving on the scene within
minutes to rescue stranded passengers, many of whom stood on thw wings of the
half-submerged plane to avoid the cold waters of the Hudson.

Earlier this week
the US media reported that for the first time since the dawn of the jet
airliner, US carriers have gone two years without a fatality. Indeed according
to research by the Air Transport Association, a single year without fatalities
has only happened four times since 1958.

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