footage of the Hudson River crash – the fact that there isn’t any is probably a bigger story

Chesley B Sullenberger III – such a good name, his family chose it three times.

Mr Sullenberger heroically managed to land the Airbus he was captaining into the River Hudson saving the lives of 155 people, although he did fly into a flock of geese in the first place, so the sainthood’s on ice until we ascertain whether or not the geese were part of a suicide flock intent on ascending to heaven to claim their 72 virgins.

Incredible as those pictures of the passengers standing on the wings of the aircraft waiting to be rescued were, we all have to admit that it would have been far more incredible to actually watch footage of the plane descending into the river. I can’t remember the last major disaster which wasn’t captured by someone on their mobile phone – I’ve almost got to the point where I don’t believe something has actually happened until I watch it unfold on a poor quality piece of video narrated by someone shouting ‘oh my GOD!’ over and over again.

I thought 9/11 illustrated to us just how many people spend time aimlessly videoing the sky on the off-chance that something unbelievable might happen. Not yesterday afternoon, though, clearly. Not on a busy stretch of water a stone’s throw from the Statue of Liberty, one of the most photographed and videoed landmarks IN THE WORLD.

There’s nothing for it, Mr Sullenberger is just going to have to do it again. This time while we’re actually watching.


5 Responses to “footage of the Hudson River crash – the fact that there isn’t any is probably a bigger story”

  1. January 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any footage! What’s up with that?

  2. January 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve seen some footage of the plane hitting the water, but it was only the last few seconds of the descent. It does seem… unlikely… there’s no other footage.

  3. 3 womaninblack
    January 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Must invent time machine…must travel to NYC and position self on Hudson River at appropriate moment…must sell video footage to Sky pronto…must relax in moated castle while oiled male models feed me grapes…

  4. 4 Per Gynt
    January 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    What took them so long! We want realtime pictures.


    I expect better from New Yorkers, they have a pedigree to maintain.

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