Transcript released Tuesday of cockpit and radio communications from US Airways Flight 1549, which landed in the Hudson River on Jan. 15 after striking a flock of geese.
The transcript was provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. (In the transcript Flight 1549 is sometimes mistakenly referred to as 1539 and 1529.)
The board is holding three days of hearings into safety issues arising from its investigation of the Jan. 15 accident, including efforts to prevent bird strikes and the ability of aircraft engines to withstand collisions with large birds.
Capt. Chesley Sullenberger (15:26:37): Uh what a view of the Hudson today.
First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (15:26:42): yeah.
Skiles (15:26:52): Flaps up please, after takeoff checklist.
Sullenberger (15:26:54): Flaps up.
Sullenberger (15:27:07): After takeoff checklist complete.
Sullenberger (15:27:10.4): Birds.
Skiles (15:27:11): Whoa.
(15:27:11.4): (Sound of thump/thud(s) followed by shuddering sound.)
Skiles (15:27:12): oh (expletive).
Sullenberger (15:27:13): Oh yeah.
(15:27:13): (Sound similar to decrease in engine noise/frequency begins.)
Skiles (15:27:14): Uh oh.
Sullenberger (15:27:15): We got one rol — both of 'em rolling back.
(15:27:18): (Rumbling sound begins and continues until approximately 15:28:08.)
Sullenberger (15:27:18.5): Ignition, start.
Sullenberger (15:27:32.9): Mayday mayday mayday. Uh this is uh Cactus fifteen thirty nine hit birds, we've lost thrust (in/on) both engines we're turning back towards LaGuardia.
LaGuardia departure control (15:27:42): Ok uh, you need to return to LaGuardia? Turn left heading of uh two two zero.
(15:27:43): (Sound similar to electrical noise from engine igniters begins.)
Skiles (15:28:02): Airspeed optimum relight. Three hundred knots. we don't have that.
Flight warning computer (15:28:03): (Sound of single chime.)
Sullenberger (15:28:05): We don't.
Departure control (15:28:05): Cactus fifteen twenty nine, if we can get it for you do you want to try to land runway one three?
Skiles (15:28:05): If three nineteen...
Sullenberger (15:28:10.6): We're unable. We may end up in the Hudson.
Departure control (15:28:31): Arright Cactus fifteen forty nine it's gonna be left traffic for runway three one.
Sullenberger (15:28:35): Unable.
Traffic Collision Avoidance System (15:28:36): Traffic traffic.
Departure control (15:28:36): Okay, what do you need to land?
Skiles (15:28:37): (He wants us) to come in and land on one three ... for whatever.
Predictive Windshear System (15:28:45): Go around. Windshear ahead.
Skiles (15:28:45): FAC (Flight Augmentation Computer) one off, then on.
Departure control (15:28:46): Cactus fifteen (twenty) nine runway four's available if you wanna make left traffic to runway four.
Sullenberger (15:28:49.9): I'm not sure we can make any runway. Uh what's over to our right anything in New Jersey maybe Teterboro?
Departure control (15:28:55): Ok yeah, off your right side is Teterboro airport.
Traffic Collision Avoidance System (15:28:59): Monitor vertical speed.
Skiles (15:29:00): No relight after thirty seconds, engine master one and two confirm ...
Departure control (15:29:02): You wanna try and go to Teterboro?
Sullenberger (15:29:03): Yes.
Sullenberger (over public address system) (15:29:11): This is the Captain brace for impact.
Departure control (15:29:21): Cactus fifteen twenty nine turn right two eight zero, you can land runway one at Teterboro.
Skiles (15:29:21): Is that all the power you got? ... (Wanna) number one? Or we got power on number one.
Sullenberger (15:29:25): We can't do it.
Sullenberger (15:29:26): Go ahead, try number one.
Departure control (15:29:27): Kay which runway would you like at Teterboro?
Flight Warning Computer (15:29:27): (Sound of continuous repetitive chime for 9.6 seconds.)
Sullenberger (15:29:28): We're gonna be in the Hudson.
Departure control (15:29:33): I'm sorry say again Cactus?
Departure control (15:29:53): Cactus fifteen forty nine radar contact is lost you also got Newark airport off your two o'clock in about seven miles.
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning system (15:29:55): Pull up. Pull up. Pull up. Pull up. Pull up. Pull up.
Skiles (15:30:01): Got flaps out.
Skiles (15:30:03): Two hundred fifty feet in the air.
Ground Proximity Warning System (15:30:04): Too low. Terrain.
Ground Proximity Warning System (15:30:06): Too low. Gear.
Skiles (15:30:06): Hundred and seventy knots.
Skiles (15:30:09): Got no power on either one? Try the other one.
Radio from another plane (15:30:09): Two one zero uh forty seven eighteen. I think he said he's going in the Hudson.
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning system (15:30:15): Caution terrain.
Skiles (15:30:16): Hundred and fifty knots.
Skiles (15:30:17): Got flaps two, you want more?
Sullenberger (15:30:19): No lets stay at two.
Sullenberger (15:30:21): Got any ideas?
Departure control (15:30:22): Cactus fifteen twenty nine if you can uh .... you got uh runway uh two nine available at Newark it'll be two o'clock and seven miles.
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning system (15:30:23): Caution terrain.
Skiles (15:30:23): Actually not.
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning system (15:30:24): Terrain terrain. Pull up. Pull up. ("pull up" repeats until the end of the recording).
Sullenberger (15:30:38): We're gonna brace.