Photo Credits: NBC News
On This Day: January 15th, 2009 - The Miracle On The Hudson
Just 9 Years Ago Today… US Airways Flight 1594 enroute to CLT; tookoff from LGA. Upon climb, the flight struck a flock of Canadian Geese and lost all engine power. The plane was not able to make it back to any airports that could handle the A320. Pilot, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Co Pilot, Jeffrey Skiles made a great but risky decision to bring it down in the Hudson River in Manhattan. Upon bringing it down into the Hudson, Mr. Sully informed all of the passengers what was happening and what the plan was. They did exactly what they had planned and brought it down. All 155 people on board (Including the Crew) escaped and lived to tell the tale. Although there were many injuries (Many minor and 5 Major)… Nobody died from this incident.
The accident came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”, and a National Transportation Safety Board official described it as “the most successful ditching in aviation history.” - (Wikipedia)
Not only did the Crew’s actions save everyones lives… But the bystanders immediately sprung into action to help people. City Ferries went out of there way to bring people onboard (To get them out of the Fridged water). Within minutes, the NYPD was onscene along with the FDNY.
In 2016, Warner Bros. Pictures created a movie about this great story (featuring Tom Hanks). “Sully” won 5 awards aswell as nominated for over 20 other awards. It just comes to show how a great story can change the lives of many (to make a movie about it)
Picture of Sullys Wife, Laurie Sullenberger, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles at a New York Yankee Game
Photo Credits: Various News Sources