Glenn Beck: 'Brace for impact'

US Airways Plane Crashes in NYC's Hudson River, Everyone Survives

GLENN: Yesterday on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, there sat a passenger. His name is Don Norton. He was on board. Don was up working in the New York area and flying home, if I'm not mistaken, Don, is that right?

NORTON: Yes, that's correct. I was up there on business for my company, Lending Tree, and we were flying back home yesterday.

GLENN: So -- and you've made this flight before?

NORTON: Not this exact one. I've been to New York many times but not this exact time flight.

GLENN: Right, right. And at what point did you sense trouble?

NORTON: Well, as soon as, you know, we had taken off from LaGuardia and we were a few minutes in. Then I heard a loud bang. You know, the engine -- I mean, I was sitting on the wing approximately. I was in 11F. So I was right over the wing. I heard a loud bang from that engine. So we knew something was wrong, and the engine looked like it had stopped working. We actually smelled something burning, but I didn't see any fire. So we didn't, you know -- the pilot started banking to the left and we -- and it just seemed, he still seemed to be in complete control. So it didn't -- we really weren't -- most of the passengers weren't really that nervous at that point. And it was probably a few minutes later as he started to, I guess try to gather his bearings and figure out where he was going to land, you know, we saw water over the right side and I was like, okay, what are we going to do. And then he -- at that point he got on the radio and he said, you know, he said, this is the captain speaking; brace for impact. And then as soon as he said that, you know, I put my head down like they told us and then --

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. You skipped some parts here. Wait a minute. There was the bang? Did they -- the stewardess say, you know, we're going to land, did anybody say that there was problems?


GLENN: Nothing?

NORTON: There was no communication from the flight attendant or the pilot until he said "Brace for impact."

GLENN: Then what did they say?

NORTON: The flight attendant kept chanting over and over put your head down, brace for impact, put your head down, brace for impact. They chanted it over and over again. I assume that's what they were trained to do. That's why I didn't skip anything because there was no communication. I'm assuming that the pilots were trying to figure out what they were going to do.

GLENN: So there wasn't any panic because you guys didn't even know you were going to land in the water. You didn't know that you had lost both engines.

NORTON: No. I mean, I think the passenger, put the two together, the passengers on the left side said they saw flames shooting out of their engine but I don't think we put two and two together that we had lost both engines.

GLENN: So at what point did you -- I mean, did you have a moment like I'm flashing through my life or anything like that before --

NORTON: After he said brace for impact, not so much that but I was saying, please, God, don't let me die; please, God, don't let me die. But also I was looking at the instructions on the door because I knew I had to open it because I was the one closest to the door.

GLENN: Holy cow. Holy cow.

NORTON: I'm surprised I had the wherewithal to think about that and then as soon as we hit, it was jarring but it really wasn't that bad, all things considered. And then I got up out of my seat, I opened the door and I threw it out the hole and then we started streaming out onto the wing.

GLENN: Did you -- let me ask you this: Did you listen to the instructions when they were talking to you about the door before you took off?

NORTON: No. I mean, I've heard that. You know, I think we all gloss over it, you know. When we're on planes, we hear it over and over again. I did not listen to the instructions at all. I mean, we don't think it can happen.

GLENN: So were you the first out on the wing?

NORTON: I think I was because we were all, we were trying to get out and because I had to go out the door a little bit in order to throw the door out, you know, into the water. So I was the first one on the wing. And then I mean, it was very, very, very slippery. I almost fell in the water a couple of times. I started, you know, inching down the wing a little bit and others followed behind me. We tried to -- there was an emergency chute that didn't come out, but it was flipped over and upside down and we couldn't get it flipped back over. So -- because we wanted to but we couldn't. But I mean, there wasn't a lot of panic because they had ferries coming at us from all directions, we saw helicopters. The water was freezing cold.

GLENN: Did you -- I've heard two stories. I've heard that people were pushing and shoving inside, that there was chaos inside. And then I've heard that it was calm and orderly and kindly.

NORTON: Yeah. I mean, it may have been some pushing and shoving in the back because I mean, from what I heard that, you know, the back part of it was under water. They may have been panicked a little bit more. But at that time I was already out of the plane. There wasn't a lot of panic on the wing, I think partially because we just, if there was, I think people would have just all fallen in the water.

GLENN: How long were you on the wing?

NORTON: Probably, it felt like an eternity but it probably was a couple of minutes.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

NORTON: The ferries were coming. You know, they were coming close. We're like, come on, come on, come on. I guess they didn't want to come that close because they were afraid to clip the wing and knock everybody off. One by one we started jumping in the water and climbing on the ferry ladder.

GLENN: Don, is anybody a hero or did everybody just do what they were supposed to do?

NORTON: Oh, that pilot was an absolute hero. I mean, he did a phenomenal job. The fact that we're all alive can all be attributed to him.

GLENN: I'm wondering, did you meet him afterwards?

NORTON: No, unfortunately. I saw him but they kind of, they whisked him away pretty quick. But I didn't -- I'd like to meet him. I think a lot of the passengers have said that. I want to give that guy a hug.

GLENN: The speculation is on my part at least that he didn't land in Teterboro because they are equal distance really. I mean, where he landed and where he could have landed on land is pretty much the same distance, at least it looks like that to me. I have a feeling that he chose in case things really get bad or in case something happens, I'm not going to kill a bunch of people; it will just be us that go down. Do you have any idea as you've been thinking about it in the overnight that maybe that --

NORTON: I suspect that maybe he didn't think he would be able to keep control if he veered off too much. He stayed pretty -- once he made that turn, he made that sharp turn and then we were going down over the Hudson, I'm guessing he probably didn't think he could really make another turn that easily.

GLENN: Have you had bumpier landings on the ground?

NORTON: I wouldn't say that. I mean, it was bumpy, you know. I've had bumpy landings but this is probably the most jarring. It wasn't that bad, though.

GLENN: How long did it take you to stop?

NORTON: You know, probably a few seconds. Maybe, you know, five, ten seconds max. I mean, the plane did, it did turn a bit and then at one point it did turn actually leaning more toward on my side of the plane. So the wing did go in the water and I could see water on my window and then it leveled off. And that's when we -- when that happened and that's when we were all -- you know, we went into action, you know, get out of this plane.

GLENN: Were you worried that the plane was going to sink right away? Did that cross your mind?

NORTON: It did cross my mind but once we were on the wing and I saw that the wing really was staying afloat for, you know, for a decent amount of time and I wasn't worried too much because we saw, immediately we saw the ferry boats. I mean, as soon as we looked out the door, there were ferry boats everywhere.

GLENN: Yeah. They're heroes, too. All right, Don, thank you so much, and thanks for being somebody who's like, "Wait, I can't read the instructions. I don't know how this works."


GLENN: Thanks, man, I appreciate it. Best of luck to you.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck broke down today's inflation, explaining what it is and giving proof that those at the top — politicians and world elite — continue to take advantage of our declining economy to advance their own agenda. He also revealed how a recent decision by Citibank and powerful investment management company, BlackRock, not only puts the U.S. further behind but also allows for China to gain worldwide control.

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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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