From New York to Seattle, With a Layover in the Hudson

That jet that crashed in the Hudson was on its way to Seattle:

"At the airport in Charlotte, where the flight was scheduled to arrive

at 5:16 p.m. and then depart for Seattle at 6:10, the arrival board

said the plane was still expected to arrive on time late into the


The flight was downed by birds and all crew and passengers survived. What are the odds of either of those things happening?

I always laughed at the notion of seat-cushions-as-flotation-devices. I guess I'll have to stop doing that.

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