Giant Redheaded Centipede Photo Goes Viral, Horrifies the Internet


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Giant Redheaded Centipede Photo Goes Viral, Horrifies the Internet

Giant Redheaded Centipede Photo Goes Viral, Horrifies the Internet

You don’t have to be a Kardashian to stand out on the Internet — all you need is at least 20 pairs of bright-yellow legs, a gleaming red head and venomous fangs.

Last week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) posted a picture of a giant redheaded centipede to its social media pages that met all of the above criteria. The image quickly went viral. While many people reacted with horror (apparently, giant, colorful centipedes are the stuff of nightmares), this critter doesn’t eat people or seriously harm them in any way (at least not usually).

However, giant redheaded centipedes (Scolopendra heros) — which can be found in certain regions of the southern United States and northern Mexico — do take people by surprise fairly often, said Ben Hutchins, an invertebrate biologist with the TPWD. [Gallery: Out-of-This-World Images of Insects]

In a 2014 article published in TP&W magazine, Hutchins explained that S. heros typically hangs out under rocks, logs or leaves. But sometimes, these centipedeswander into people’s homes, where they can cause panic, thanks to their 8-inch-long (20 centimeters) bodies and dozens of legs (they typically have 21 to 23 pairs). The critters use their many appendages to grasp prey while feeding.

Though S. heros mainly munches on invertebrates like insects and arachnids, the impressively sized centipede is also known to take down larger prey, such as rodents, snakes, lizards, toads and other small vertebrates. In captivity, giant redheaded centipedes seem to prefer eating moths, according to the University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum.

The critter kills its victims using its “fangs,” or forcipules, which are located near its mouth and contain venom glands that inject a toxin into its unlucky prey. The giant redheaded centipede is also thought to inject venom into prey with its many legs, which can make tiny incisions in human skin, according to the Arthropod Museum.

When one of these giant creepy-crawlies bites a human, the result is usually pretty painful, according to both the Arthropod Museum and Hutchins. Victims of these centipede bites report localized pain and swelling, but Hutchins said people also have reported skin necrosis (tissue death), dizziness, nausea and headaches, Hutchins wrote in his article.

Hutchins also lists muscle tissue damage, kidney failure and heart attack as rare side effects of the centipede’s nibble. A case reportpublished in 2006 in the Emergency Medical Journal cites a bite from a centipede, likely of the genus Scolopendra, as the cause of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) in an otherwise healthy 20-year-old man. Whether a giant redheaded centipede was responsible for that unfortunate event isn’t stated in the report.

Should you happen upon one of these giant centipedes, pay attention to its colorful body parts. Known as aposematic coloration, or warning coloration, the critter’s bright colors serve to warn predators that, whileS. heros might look tasty, it’s really a poisonous treat. Consider yourself warned.

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Honor Role: Cell Phones for Soldiers


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Cell Phones for Soldiers

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Honor Role: Cell Phones for Soldiers

A daily staple in our lives is the cell phone. Whether you use it for calling, texting, gaming, selfies, or social media – it’s always there.

One organization knows the importance of this modern tool and wanted to make sure that deployed soldiers do not feel this void in their lives. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit dedicated to getting those serving free communication services.

“One morning before school, my sister Brittany and I were watching the morning news with our parents,” recalls Robbie Bergquist, a co-founder of Cell Phones for Soldiers. “We heard the story of a local soldier returning from Iraq with an almost $8,000 phone bill.”

This news piece slammed the young kids into reality. “Our cousin had recently been deployed and the story really hit home for us,” he remembers, as they eventually had two cousins stationed overseas down the line. “How could a man who was serving his country not be able to call his family for free?”

The two youngsters decided to make a difference. They took all the money they had in their piggy banks, scrounged up extra lunch money and even put on a car wash to send money to the man they saw on TV.

“Our greatest educational voice at that time came from our parents,” Robbie says of starting the program with his sister, when they were just 12 and 13 years old. “They instilled in us that it was important to think of others before we thought of ourselves.”

From that point as kids to this very day, Cell Phones for Soldiers has exponentially grown. With three staff members, thousands of volunteers and over 3,900 recycled cell phone drop off locations, their childhood goal has become a big resource to the military.

“My role with the charity is as co-founder and director,” he tells us, here at VA Home Loan Centers. “Along with my sister Brittany, we travel both nationally and internationally for media appearances, speaking engagements and work with our current and new potential partners to promote Cell Phones For Soldiers so that we can continue to assist military members.”

“Servicemen and women are so humble, and unbelievably appreciative,” Robbie said. His favorite story was of a sailor on board an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic who had received phone cards from the organization so they could call home. “The sailor told us that listening to our story overwhelmed him with emotion, bringing him to leave the room. Worried about being seen crying, the sailor walked outside to gather his emotions and looked around to find many other sailors sharing his feeling.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Robbie says that shipping costs can be a real struggle for the organization. “We’re always grateful for each and every donated device, but even more delighted when supporters are able to take the extra step and pay for shipping as well.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers is always looking for new evangelists to help spread the word and contribute to the cause. “Supporters can keep up with the latest on Cell Phones For Soldiers by signing up for ournewsletter here.”

“During National Military Appreciation Month, we along with our friends at KIND Snacks are asking for help in thanking our troops and veterans for their sacrifice and bravery,” Robbie states. From this point through May 31st, he asks that those on Twitter use the hashtag #thankskindly and thank the military with the trend topic.

“Robots will then transform the tweets into physical, handwritten notes and we’ll deliver the notes to deserving heroes worldwide,” he continued. You can see how the robots do it here:http://www.kindsnacks.com/thankskindly/.

Brittany and Robbie are both grateful for the chance to thank those who have served. “We have grown up with the opportunity to meet thousands of active duty military members and veterans,” Robbie proclaimed. “We are so proud to have created something that supports them in a small way for all that they do for us.”

Visit the site for Cell Phones for Soldiers at www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter @CPFSOfficial.

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Friends Reunited! Judge Meets Old Pal In Dock


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Friends Reunited! Judge Meets Old Pal In Dock

Arthur Booth appears in front of judge Mindy Glazer at Miami-Dade bond court. (SkyNews)

A burglary suspect broke down in tears in the dock when the judge recognised him as a former schoolmate and said he had been the “best kid” in school.

 Arthur Booth appeared in front of judge Mindy Glazer at Miami-Dade bond court charged with burglary.

Booth, 49, was arrested on Monday after being spotted driving a car that matched the description of one allegedly involved in a robbery and failing to stop after a police officer signalled him to.

A police chase followed, resulting in two accidents before he crashed the car.

He fled on foot but was eventually caught and charged with various offences.

When he was taken into court, the judge looked at him for a moment or two and then asked: “Did you go to Nautilus?”

“Oh my goodness,” replied Booth several times, at first with smiles and then breaking down in tears.

“I’m sorry to see you here,” replied Judge Glazer. “I always wondered what happened to you.”

“This was the nicest kid in middle school,” she told the court. “He was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened.”

Judge Recognizes Middle School Classmate In Bond Court

“What’s sad is how old we’ve become,” she continued before finishing the conversation with: “Good luck to you, sir, I hope you are able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life.”

The judge set Booth’s bond at $43,000 (£27,500).

Judge recognizes burglary suspect as middle school classmate

It was an emotional reunion in a very odd place. Forty-nine-year-old Arthur Booth was in a Florida court Thursday facing charges for burglary, grand theft and resisting arrest. He broke down when he realized the judge, Mindy Glazer, was a former classmate. Ben Tracy reports.
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Everyone Loses In This Python vs. Porcupine Battle


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Everyone Loses In This Python vs. Porcupine Battle

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The life of a python in South Africa came to a thorny end last week.

A mountain biker at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in a coastal part of KwaZulu-Natal province reportedly spotted the snake with a full belly on June 14. Last Saturday, the snake — of which there are some graphic photos below — was found dead not far from the original sighting.

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Experts at the game preserve autopsied the python and discovered a 32-inch, 30-pound porcupine inside of it.

While a snake swallowing a spiky porcupine whole may sounds like a classic case of mutually assured destruction, it’s actually not that uncommon.

“The porcupine did not injure the snake at all and eating the porcupine should not have caused the snake to die,” Lake Eland Game Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller told The Huffington Post in an email. “The real cause of death is unknown.”

She said the stress from human interaction may have prompted the snake to try to regurgitate the porcupine but it got stuck.

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Fuller said the snake fell off a rocky ledge, according to The Telegraph, but it was unclear if the snake was already dead when it did or if the fall caused some of the quills to puncture its digestive tract.

US Falls in World Happiness Rankings


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US Falls in World Happiness Rankings

Panama tops the rankings of the world’s happiest countries for the second year in a row, according to a new report.

In 2014, people living in the Central American country known for it’s man-made canal scored the highest on a yearly survey of global well-being created by Gallup-Healthways. In contrast, Afghanistan scored the lowest out of the 145 ranked countries.

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vey, researchers asked more than 146,000 people all over the world questions about five aspects of their well-being: their sense of purpose, social relationships, financial situations, community involvement and physical health. Based on their responses, participants were considered “thriving,” “struggling” or “suffering” in each of those five aspects.

 

 

Texas flooding


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Texas flooding

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Major rainfall over the past few days has caused severe flooding and property damage in parts of Texas. Houston received more than 10 inches of rain overnight, which closed highways, shut schools, and suspended public transportation. Authorities have reported 11 people killed from the recent storms that hit both Texas and Oklahoma with others still missing.–By Lloyd Young
San Marcos firefighter Jay Horton rescues a woman from in flood waters in San Marcos on May 24. Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. (Don Anders/Reuters)
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Motorists are stranded along I-45 along North Main in Houston after storms flooded the area on May 26. Overnight heavy rains caused flooding closing some portions of major highways in the Houston area. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via Associated Press)
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Carlos and Candy Cortez, comfort each other in the Redbird Aviation Terminal in San Marcos, Texas, on May 24 after they, their three children and one of their dogs were rescued from the roof of their San Marcos home by an Army helicopter after the Blanco River flooded. Their son A.J. Cortez, 6, lies on the couch next to them. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the US Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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The water line is clear on Ruth Hansen’s living room wall on May 24 in San Marcos, Texas. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the US Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. (Nell Carroll/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Janie Bell helps her neighbors search for possessions after their vacation home was destroyed in a flash flood along the Blanco River on May 25 in Wimberley, Texas. Several people were reported missing in flash flooding from a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Edwin Acosta, 10, plays on a trampoline as the rising waters from Mountain Creek surround his family’s home in the Willow Bend mobile home park on May 24 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Dallas/Forth Worth received more than three inches of rain since midnight, with more reportedly on the way. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning via Associated Press)
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Volunteers walk up from the Blanco River and past flood debris as they help clean-up on May 26 in Wimberley, Texas. Recovery teams were searching as many as 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, caused major flooding and spawned tornadoes and killed at least eight people in Oklahoma and Texas. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)
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A Dyess Air Force Base airman helps a woman and her child towards the office of the Texas State Veterans Cemetery before the beginning of a Memorial Day commemoration on May 25 in Abilene, Texas. (Nellie Doneva/The Abilene Reporter-News via Associated Press)
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Rescue personnel grab the the hand of a man stranded in rushing water at the northwest corner of Lamar Blvd. and 15th St. in Austin, Texas. Shoal Creek overflowed its banks and inundated the major traffic artery with rushing water. Several cars were stalled under and near the 15th St. bridge on May 25. (Alberto Martinez/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Ben Sioberman works to get water out of the flooded Whole Earth Provisions Company on Lamar Street after days of heavy rain on May 25 in Austin. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the damage zone where one person is confirmed dead and at least 12 others missing in flooding along the Rio Blanco, which reports say rose as much as 40 feet in places, caused by more than 10 inches of rain over a four-day period. The governor earlier declared a state of emergency in 24 Texas counties. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
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From left, Mark Norris, Retha Norris, Ally Smith, 4, and Christina Norris, are rescued by firefighters after they clung in a tree at their home on South Old Stagecoach Drive in Kyle, Texas during a flood on May 24. (Jay Janner/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Shelly Guzal (left), and her son, Grant, stand by the Blanco River by where an A-frame house owned by the Carey family once stood in Wimberley, Texas, on May 25. Corpus Christi resident Jonathan McComb and his family were guests in the house when it was swept away by floodwaters Saturday night. McComb was able to escape but his wife, Laura, and their children, Leighton, 4 and Andrew, 6, are missing. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News via EPA)
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With downtown Dallas in view, water from the Trinity River floods the area below the Sylvan Avenue bridge on May 25. Several people were reported missing in flash flooding from a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press)
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Debi Welsh, of Corpus Christi, Texas, picks up a lamp as family and friends clean up what’s left after their home was washed away by a record flood in Wimberley on May 25. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News via EPA)
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Murphy Canning plays near a street that remains underwater from days of heavy rain on May 25 in Austin. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the damage zone where one person is confirmed dead and at least 12 others missing in flooding along the Rio Blanco, which reports say rose as much as 40 feet in places, caused by more than 10 inches of rain over a four-day period. The governor earlier declared a state of emergency in 24 Texas counties. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
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David Lopez waits to cross the street as rain falls on May 25 in Austin. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
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Joel Venable examines the remains of a friend’s vacation home that was swept down the swollen Blanco River on May 26 in Wimberley, Texas. Authorities say recovery teams will resume looking for as many as a dozen missing people, in an area where punishing rains have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes and killed at least three people statewide this weekend. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)
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A vehicle left stranded on a flooded Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas on May 26. Heavy rains throught Texas put the city of Houston under massive ammounts of water, closing roadways and trapping residents in their cars and buildings, according to local reports. Rainfall reached up to 11 inches(27.9cm) in some parts of the state, national forecasters reported, and the heavy rains quickly pooled over the state’s already saturated soil. (Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mike Graf stands on the foundation of his home near Wimberley on Stone Canyon Street after it was completely swept away by the Blanco River in the flood on May 24. “It’s only things,” he said. “At least nobody was hurt.” (Jay Janner/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Nayeli Cervantes carries her friend’s daughter Sophia Aviles through the floodwaters outside their apartment in Houston on May 26. Heavy rain overnight cause some major highways to be closed in the Houston area. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)
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Don Simons (left) and Clint Followel, volunteers from the First Baptist Church in San Marcos, Texas, help clean Toby McLroy’s flood damaged home in San Marcos, Texas, on May 26. Torrential rains have killed at least eight people in Texas and Oklahoma, including two in Houston where flooding turned streets into rivers and led to nearly 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city, officials said on Tuesday. (Tamir Kalifa/Reuters)
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Andrea Jones helps remove a downed tree on River Road on May 25 in Wimberley, Texas. Around a dozen people were reported missing in flash flooding from a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via Assoctiated Press)
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A cross sits at water-level of the still flooding Blanco River on May 26 in Wimberley, Texas. Recovery teams were searching for as many as 12 members of two families who are missing after the rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)
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A home on the Blanco River was taken off its foundation after heavy overnight rain caused flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas, on May 24. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the US Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Statesman.com via Associad Press)
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Keith McNabb looks at the damage to his friend Mike Cook’s house on Stone Canyon Street on the banks of the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas on May 24. (Jay Janner/Statesman.com via Associad Press)
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A person stands near the creek between the 17th and 18th fairways before the start of the final round of the Colonial golf tournament on May 24 in Fort Worth, Texas. Heavy rain in north Texas has delayed the start of the final day of the tournament. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning via Associated Press)
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A shopping center located at Texas 80 near I-35 has high water in the parking lots from the Blanco River flooding in San Marcos, Texas, on May 24. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Hudson Doty, 18, (left) and Grant Guzal, 17, right, stand overlooking the Blanco River near the cement stilts of the Carey family home (far left) in Wimberley, Texas, on May 25. The Carey and McComb family, from Corpus Christi, Texas, have been missing since early Sunday morning after their home was swept away by the Blanco River in a flash flood. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Statesman.com via Associated Press)
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Melinda Ellisor looks for clothing to give to a family of flood victims at Wimberley High School on May 26 in Wimberley, Texas. Faculty and volunteers gathered at the school to organize flood relief supplies. Central Texas has been hit with severe weather including catastrophic flooding and tornadoes over the past several days. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
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Left to right, Dustin McClintock, 19, of Wimberley,, Brandon Bankston, 18, of Blanco, Hesston Krause, 22, of Smithson Valley, look at the Fischer Store Road bridge over the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, which was destroyed in a flood on May 24. (Jay Janner/Statesman.com via Associated Press)

Bird Strike Does Disturbing Damage To The Nose Of A 737


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George Dvorsky

http://io9.com/bird-strike-does-disturbing-damage-to-the-nose-of-a-737-1703062851

Bird Strike Does Disturbing Damage To The Nose Of A 737

Bird Strike Does Disturbing Damage To The Nose Of A 737

Looking at the caved-in nose of this Boeing 737-800, you’d think it flew into a flying water buffalo. But the damage was caused by a single bird — a potent reminder of what can happen when objects collide at high speed.

The incident occurred earlier this week during Turkish Airlines flight TK2004 from Istanbul to Nevşehir. The bird struck the plane as it was landing, but the pilot managed to land without incident. None of the 125 passengers were injured.

 

As a Turkish Airlines spokesperson told Mashable, this sort of damage is not uncommon:

The nose cone “of a plane is being constructed by soft materials (composit) to minimalize the impact of such hits. Therefore, such standard/normal deformation occurs as a natural result of such incidents,” Dr. Ali Genc, Turkish Airlines senior vice president of media relations, said in an emailed statement.

“The critical bird hits in aviation [are] the ones that occur on the engine area,” Genc said. “Any other area of the aircraft than the engine area, such as [the nose cone], wings, hull and etc. are not [at] risk by bird hit.”

Bird strikes are indeed dangerous when they hit the engine area, as witnessed by the 2009 incident when US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan.

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