Mid-air collision over the Hudson gets typical response

Posted on 13. Aug, 2009 by in Featured

The normal political response has started; politicians want flight restrictions over the Hudson. Let’s review: a pilot exercised questionable judgment and procedures, resulting in a mid-air collision over the Hudson. So the response is, not to ensure pilots are made aware of procedures, or to acknowledge that some pilots just make bad ones. The response is to stop all pilots from flying over the river. Taking a purely non-emotional view; if two aircraft tragically collided would you want them to fall in a river or New York City? Also before calling for all flights to end over the Hudson, they might want to check with the FAA. When landing runway 22 at LaGuardia all traffic arriving from the south and west fly up the Hudson at 4,000 feet.

This reminds me of a safety stand down back in my Navy days. The Wing Commander asked the collected Aviators; “how can we achieve a perfect safety record?” A grizzled Lieutenant Commander in the back dead panned, “chain all the aircraft down”. He looked a lot like me.

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  1. Rick 14 August 2009 at 14:05 #

    Yes, I agree. Because one pilot might not have used the best judgement, it shouldn’t effect all pilots. The one thing that still nags at me is that apparently TEB Departure first asked him if he wanted to take a route down the river or proceed southwest, and the piper pilot chose the river option….then either a) ATC should have given him the 123.05 freq; or b) TEB would have been in touch with EWR approach and expecting to move this guy into Class B altitude…because he did pass him off to EWR approach; the piper driver didn’t make the contact, starts descending, manuevering, climbing again and boom….midair. It’s a little puzzling. I wish they’d publish the transcript of the radio traffic between this pilot and TEB Departure. I’m sure they will at some point, but I’d love to see it sooner rather than later.

  2. Chip 14 August 2009 at 14:26 #

    The controler and tower supervisor have both been reprimanded. It was in the press today.

  3. John Hays 14 August 2009 at 14:59 #

    The sad result of flying into congested airspace without the requisite situational awareness

  4. Rick 14 August 2009 at 16:15 #

    Yes, I just saw this article. I really did think there was some problem with departure at TEB and now this.


  5. Chip 15 August 2009 at 10:27 #


  6. Rick 15 August 2009 at 19:27 #

    Now this “Dead Cat” story. This in some of the most busiest airspace on the planet. It’s disgusting. I’ve never liked flying in this airspace…a lot of arrogant controllers, and now we see recklessness like this.


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