US1549 not only successful water “landing”

It is amazing how quickly a meme — in this case a “Mini-Meme” — propagates and persists.  This New York Post article has been cited repeatedly to the effect that USAirways Flight 1549

appears to be the first time that a large commercial jet liner ever has made a successful controlled landing into a body of water. 

Apparently this isn’t so per this Wikipedia entry on “water landings” (the survival rates section is here).  In that section, I was struck by the ditching  just short of Nouadibou International Airport.  I had forgotten about that incident — it happened not long after I visited my folks in Mauritania.  Never made it up to Nouadibou!

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