Miracle on the Hudson

Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

Historical Context

Described by the National Transportation Safety Board as "the most successful ditching in aviation history", US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to make an exceptionally dramatic water landing in the Hudson River in New York after it struck a flock of geese following take off.

Pilot Chesley Sullenberger was widely praised for his actions in ditching the plane, in which everybody survived. The dramatic tale of the landing was portrayed in the film "Sully", starring Tom Hanks in the titular role.

Photo Info


Photographer: Greg L
Date taken: January 15, 2009
Location taken: Hudson River, New York, USA

Source: Flickr

Related Events

  • 2009-01-15 Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the "Miracle on the Hudson"

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