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Subject: Jan. 15, 2009- US Airways Flight 1549 takes off from LaGuardia Airport in New York. Pilot "Sully" Sullenberger would soon have to use all of his expertise for...

"The Miracle on the Hudson"
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 11:51:33am
In reply to: Other birthdays, Jan. 15- 's message, "Actress Margaret OBrien (Meet Me In St. Louis) is 82 today" on Tuesday, January 15, 11:42:24am

US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320 which, in the climbout after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada geese just northeast of the George Washington Bridge and consequently lost all engine power. Unable to reach any airport, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a ditching in the Hudson River off Midtown Manhattan. All 155 people aboard were rescued by nearby boats and there were few serious injuries.

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". The Board rejected the notion that the pilot could have avoided ditching by returning to LaGuardia or diverting to nearby Teterboro Airport.

The pilots and flight attendants were awarded the Master's Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators in recognition of their "heroic and unique aviation achievement".


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