Slideshow: USAir 1549 Lifted Out of Water

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Kudos to airbus, I can't believe one of the engines stayed connected to the wing.
 

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Yeah, the left engine did exactly what it was supposed to do. I'd guess that Airbus will be looking into why the right engine stayed put in their analysis. I don't think there was much holding it on, though - in the shots where the plane was coming out of the water, the engine looks pretty much like it should, maybe even hanging down a bit, but in the shots (not in this link) where it's resting on the barge, the engine appears to be pointed upwards. If the pylon were fully intact, it should be able to pretty much support the plane.

Still in awe over all of this!
 
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Yeah, the left engine did exactly what it was supposed to do. I'd guess that Airbus will be looking into why the right engine stayed put in their analysis. I don't think there was much holding it on, though
It does make one wonder why the left engine departed, while the right one remained. In my mind, either the left engine attach points were more heavily damaged than the right ones, or one engine (left) presented more drag at touchdown. Say, perhaps the right engine had daylight from front to rear (missing blades). In that second case, I'm thinking the left engine would have presented more drag at touchdown ...left engine thus departs, stress on right engine is relieved, as the fuselage is now free pivot around the remaining right engine as it comes to a stop in the river. Should be an interesting lab specimen as structural engineers sift through evidence. Just some thoughts.
 

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The jet made a fairly sharp turn to the left on impact. Perhaps the associated side loads were higher on the left engine. In any case time will tell when they complete the investigation. What a great job by the captain and his crew to make the situation survivable. Outstanding job. Kudus to all the first responders as well.

FJ
 

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That makes sense...I would imagine that the initial turn would be around the high drag side (pivot around the left engine, as it severed)...and, once set in motion, it would continue in that direction ???
 
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Looks like most of that damage should buff right out. Should be flying in couple weeks.
 

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alittle speed tape and she'll be roaming up and down the east coast again in no time.
 

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Better check planefax.com before you go out and buy an A320 these days...
 

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I was surprised to see the RH fwd cargo door open. But it wouldn't be first time a pax went after a bag.
 

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Where are the FDR and CVR boxes, or any other equipment that the recovery teams might have been looking for, actually located on these planes? I seem to remember hearing that they quit trying to get to those things after a while and opted to wait until conditions were more favorable. Just wondering if anything of interest to the investigation might be in that cargo bay that they may have opened it up early on in the recovery process.
 

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Just wondering if anything of interest to the investigation might be in that cargo bay that they may have opened it up early on in the recovery process.
One early report I heard was that they popped open upon impact with the river.
 

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Yeah, now that I think about it 707, I think it was mentioned they were going to recover the Ground-Prox data...and I suspect that's in the E&E bay under the flight deck. If that's the case, I'd imagine you could get to it from the fwd cargo bay.

The CVR and FDR are back in the tail section.
 

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Yeah, now that I think about it 707, I think it was mentioned they were going to recover the Ground-Prox data...and I suspect that's in the E&E bay under the flight deck. If that's the case, I'd imagine you could get to it from the fwd cargo bay.

The CVR and FDR are back in the tail section.
I actually recall seeing on TV the GPWS box in a separate cooler along with the FDR and CVR coolers.
 

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The CVR and FDR are back in the tail section.

Thanks. Speaking of the tail, what's hanging from the hole at the tail? It almost looks soft like a slide rather than a detached tail cone. Is there a tail exit on these like in a DC-9 where the tail cone pops off?
 

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The Airbus does not have a tail exit at all. It is a slide that you do see attached to the aircraft. It might be a slide from the window exit. The aft exits on the aircraft were never opened.
 
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