NEW YORK — Today marks the 7th anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when a pilot and his flight crew saved everyone on board by landing the plane in the Hudson river.
On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 hit a flock of birds right after takeoff, while it was more than 3,000 feet in the air.
The damage shut down both of the plane’s engines.
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer, Jeffery Skiles, were able to execute a controlled water landing on the surface of the Hudson.
They put the plane down safely in the water less than four minutes after the engines failed. All 155 people on board survived.