The Miracle on the Hudson

US Airways flight 1549, also known as Miracle on the Hudson, was a passenger airliner flight that made an emergency landing on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, shortly after departing from New York City's LaGuardia Airport. Five people were seriously injured, but no deaths occurred.


At approximately 3:25 pm, the flight, an Airbus A320 operated by US Airways, took off from LaGuardia. For Charlotte, North Carolina, it was destined. Five members of the crew, including Capt. Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger III, and 150 passengers were on board. The airplane crashed into a flock of Canada geese about two minutes into the flight. It was A bird Strike.

Both engines were badly damaged, resulting in a nearly total loss of thrust. Repeated efforts were unsuccessful to restart the engines.




Sullenberger told the air control at LaGuardia that he was returning to the airport. As the aircraft began to descend in a glide, however, Sullenberger felt it would be unable to hit LaGuardia. An airport was also easily ruled out in New Jersey. He told air control soon afterwards that he was going to make a very dangerous and unusual water landing in the Hudson River. "Sullenberger announced over the intercom at approximately 3:29 PM, "This is the commander. Brace for impact.


The plane landed in the river about 3.5 minutes after colliding with the birds. The aft end of the fuselage made first contact and sustained significant damage to that section, especially a rupture that allowed water to reach the aircraft. However, due in part to the fuel tanks, which were not complete, the plane remained buoyant. Then, through the forward slide/rafts, passengers and crew left the plane and stepped onto the wings or joined inflatable rafts. Within minutes, nearby ferries and first responders were on the scene. A few of the passengers were treated for hypothermia, but no five further severe injuries were recorded.




During the landing and necessary procedure, a flight attendant was cut on the leg in particular.

Some were dismissive of his decision to land in the Hudson River, while Sullenberger became a national hero to many. However, the National Transportation Safety Board's prolonged inquiry found that his decision to ditch the Hudson was sufficient. The aircraft was rescued from the river within days of the emergency landing, and placed on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte in 2011. The incident was the focus of Sully's movie (2016).


Reference - Britanica

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