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    Re: Miracle on the Hudson
    From: UNK
    Date: 2017 Jul 28, 13:36 -0700

    I don't believe what you are saying. There must be a way of dissipating energy while still in the air, by changing the angle of attack, or changing air resistance with flaps or whatever. Otherwise, how could a glider ever land safely? Gary was merely speaking about the optimum angle of attack with respect to gaining maximum distance. I see no reason why the plane could in theory not have touched the water with zero kinetic energy left.

    Dave said: Interestingly, the initial impact might have been less survivable in July, because there would have been more energy to dissipate. 

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