"Miracle on the Hudson"”: Landing U.S. Airways Flight 1549 (A)

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    Abstract:
    On January 15, 2009, shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese. The geese were then sucked into the plane’s twin engines, causing total engine failure and the loss of power. Case A of this three-part series recounts how over the following four minutes, Flight 1549'’s Captain Chesley "“Sully"” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles grappled with a variety of extreme challenges. Not only did they have to keep the plane under control, but they also had to quickly decide whether they could make an emergency landing at a nearby airport – or find another alternative to get the plane down safely in one of the most crowded regions in the country. Cases B and C then describe how, after the plane landed in the cold waters of the Hudson River, emergency responders from many agencies and private organizations--converging on the scene without a prior action plan for this type of emergency--scrambled to both rescue passengers and crew and stabilize the aircraft as it began to move downstream.

    Learning Objective:
    This case prompts readers to consider the challenges of responding to a sudden crisis involving intense pressure and significant uncertainty. By highlighting the actions the captain and crew of US Airways Flight 1549 took following the failure of the plane’s engines, Case A provides students insight into a decision-making process that necessitated considerable improvisation--but that also relied on experience and preparedness.

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    Publication Date: September 10, 2012
    HKS Case Number: 1966.0
    Case Author: Jennifer Weeks
    Faculty Lead: Herman (Dutch) B. Leonard and Arnold Howitt
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 12
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: 2010-2015
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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