Miracle on the Hudson

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US Airways Flight 1549, captained by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, made an emergency landing on January 15, 2009 in the Hudson River after suffering a double bird strike over the George Washington Bridge. This was one of a very few safe water landings of an airliner in aviation history.[1] After the plane was hit by a multitude of birds, Sullenberger took over the controls from First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, who had been piloting the plane, and Skiles tried to restart the engines.[2] The pilot wanted at first to return to LaGuardia Airport and began turning left to do so, but then asked about Teterboro Airport which was in a straight line. He was quickly offered a runway there, and also one at Newark Airport. Having no power to make a safe landing at any airport, he made the decision to ditch in the water - about a minute after first contacting air traffic control.

Billionaire Richard Branson said of Sullenberger, "Every single thing he could have done right, he did right — from the second he made that decision not to go to that local airport, to put the plane down in the water, to the way he looked after everybody." [3]

See also

Miracle on the Hudson and KAL 007


  1. NY Daily News, A very rare happy ending in Hudson River plane crash: Only 1 other safe landing in water, by Dave Goldiner, Updated Friday, January 16th 2009 [1]
  2. CNN.com, Flight 1549 crew: Hudson landing still on our minds, 2/10/09 [2]
  3. Daily News, Virgin Air puttin’ the moves on Capt. Chesley Sullenberger 3rd., February 1st 2009 [3]

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