15th January 2009
US Airways Flight 1549
On this date in aviation history, Airbus A320-232 N647AW performing US Airways Flight 1549 ( radio call sign "Cactus 1549"), at 3.25EST impacted after tak-off at 2800 feet a flock of Canada geese. Birds were ingested into both engines which immediately lost thrust.
On board were 150 passengers and 5 crewmembers. The pilot-in-command was Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, and the co-pilot was First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles.
Though air traffic controllers had made runways available at the three closest airports for an
emergency landing, Flight 1549 had lost too much airspeed and altitude to reach any of them. Despite the best efforts of Captain Sullenberger and FO Skiles to restart the two damaged engines, there was no alternative but to ditch the airliner into the Hudson River.
The A320 hit the water in a slight nose-up attitude at approximately 130 knots.Cabin attendants opened the doors and activated the emergency slides, which acted as flotation rafts. Passengers quickly evacuated the airliner and many of them stood on the wings to stay out of the frigid water.
This accident is known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” and the crew of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 are regarded as national heroes. This was the most successful ditching on an airliner since Pan American World Airways Flight 6, a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser named Sovereign of the Skies, went down in the Pacific Ocean, 15 October 1956.
N106US is displayed at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, in the condition that it was in when removed from the Hudson River.
From yesterday at @yankee_air_museum, inspired by this original 1940s wartime picture! This was just a pic that @lerro984 took on his phone - so I can’t wait to see all the professional ones! Always an honor to do shoots such as this, and I’m hoping to do more in the future! Many, many pics to come!