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Hudson River Aircraft to Feather Identification Lab

January 25, 2009

Clues from the wreckage from US Airways Flight 1549, which crashed in the Hudson River, are going to the best investigators in the world: the black boxes to the National Transportation Safety Board, the engines to the manufacturer’s experts and a bird feather to a Smithsonian museum.

ByMatthew L. Wald
The New York Times
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The National Museum of Natural History in Washington may not leap to mind when both engines on a high-tech plane quit at 3,200 feet. But around the corner from the stuffed African elephant that greets the visiting hordes of schoolchildren, down a back hall from the employee bike rack, a staff of four in the Feather Identification Lab took in samples from 4,600 bird-plane collisions, or bird strikes, last year. Arriving mostly in sealed plastic bags, these included birds’ feet, whole feathers or tiny bits of down, and pulverized bird guts, known as snarge.

Correctly identifying the species involved in a bird strike can be important, said Carla J. Dove, the lab’s director. “If people know the cause of a problem, they can do something about it,” she said. “If you have cockroaches, you don’t call an ant exterminator.”

 

Above: James Whatton and Marcy Heacker, research assistants; Carla Dove, the director; and Faridah Dahlan, a genetics specialist, all work at the Feather Identification Lab at the National Museum of Natural History.  Photo: Andrew Councill for The New York Times

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/2
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“Hero of the Hudson” Sullenberger Honored At Home Town
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Hudson River Miracle: “Find That Bird”
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 “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot: Older Pros Sure Worth Having

Bird Found in Miracle Hudson River Crash-Landing

January 22, 2009

After the miracle landing in the Hudson River, we said “Find that Bird.”  Tonight, the NTSB says they have it!  This is another testiment to the greatness of America, where investigators work for long periods doing detailed crash analysis so we save lives in the future.

The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his flight crew were the first heroes of this event.  Now the investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are my heroes, along with other experts they use. 

The NTSB says this investigation could take a year.

Samples of the bird material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis….

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Related:
Hudson River Miracle: “Find That Bird”
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 “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot: Older Pros Sure Worth Having

 
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A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near ... 
A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near the wing of the US Airways airplane which crashed in the Hudson River, where the aircraft is secured and awaiting removal, in New York, January 16, 2009.REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)

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Investigators said Wednesday they have found the remains of what may be a bird in the engine of the US Airways jet that made a dramatic landing in New York’s Hudson River. The National Transportation Safety Board said an examination of the Airbus 320‘s right engine revealed evidence of “soft body damage” and that “organic material” was found in the engine and on the wings and fuselage.

Samples of the material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis, the board said.

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer

A single feather was found attached to a flap track on the wing and will be examined by experts at the Smithsonian Institution.

The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, reported a “double bird strike” and a loss of power in both engines before gliding the plane to an emergency river landing last week. All 155 people on board the flight to Charlotte, N.C., survived.

The board also reported Wednesday that….

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200
90122/ap_on_re_us/plane_splashdown_173

Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 ... 
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Jersey City, N.J. The jet was moved Sunday night from the southern tip of Manhattan where it was lifted out of the icy Hudson River. The Airbus A320 crash landed in the Hudson last Thursday after hitting birds and losing thrust in both engines.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)