Tuesday's NTSB hearings into the Hudson River landing of US Airways Flight 1549 revealed the fine line between miracle and disaster. Disabled by a bird strike, the plane hit the water at three times the speed it was designed to handle, cracking open the fuselage and letting cold water into the cabin. With the plane's rear slides under water and inoperable, passengers were forced onto the wings to await rescue, and the outcome could have been far different were it not for the boats that swarmed to the landing site. A member of the panel praised the US Airways crew for their "extraordinary success in saving the lives of all passengers."
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