Tuesday marks one decade since Captain Chelsey B. “Sully” Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 turned what could have been a fatal tragedy into the “Miracle on the Hudson” where all 155 passengers and crew survived a ditch landing into the Hudson River the plan was in the air a total of four minutes, 49 seconds, during which an impact with a flock of birds took out both of the plane’s engines and prompting an emergency landing into the Hudson River when the pilots could not maintain enough power to make it to any nearby airport.
After ending up in the Hudson, civilian ferries, and Coast Guard vessels and a FDNY boat rushed to rescue passengers, many waiting on the wings of the floating aircraft. By that evening, Sullenberger was being called a national hero.
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