Miracle on the Hudson: US Airway Plane Crashes into Hudson River … Amazing All Aboard Survive


It is being touted as The Miracle on the Hudson, a US Airways plane en route from LaGuardia Airport in NYC for Charlotte, NC crashed into the Hudson River and all 155 passengers survived and were pulled to safety. It is being reported that US Airlines Flight 1549 went down minutes after takeoff after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines.

 You Tube Hat Tip: The Gateway Pundit

A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines, but officials said rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank.
There were no immediate reports of any serious injuries.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an experienced pilot, said it appeared the pilot did “a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure everybody got out.” And Gov. David Patterson pronounced it “a miracle on the Hudson.”

Flight 1549 went down minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport for Charlotte, N.C., splashing into the river near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.


“There were eyewitness reports the plane may have flown into a flock of birds,” said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown. “Right now we don’t have any indication this was anything other than an accident.”

Hot Air and Michelle Malkin have been blogging the events with numerous updates.

UPDATE I: Miracle on the Hudson … “Prepare for Impact”

“Prepare for impact!” was all the pilot of the US Airways airplane told the passengers before making an emergency landing in the Hudson River Thursday afternoon.

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “Miracle on the Hudson: US Airway Plane Crashes into Hudson River … Amazing All Aboard Survive”

    1. News Review on January 15th, 2009 8:22 pm

      Thank God no one died or even seriously injured.. The pilot indeed did a great job for keeping all the passengers safe.. He deserves to be honored and recognized..

    2. Richard on January 15th, 2009 8:57 pm

      This is a real morale-booster of a story, in a way.

      The pilot showed superb skills and control; the plane’s crew shepherded the people out of the jet efficiently (it took less than two minutes in all); the passengers evidently followed directions and stayed in emotional control … almost an example of ‘how things used to be.’

    3. ANewGirl on January 16th, 2009 7:49 am

      Thank God is right! This is such a good story in the news for a change.

      Talk about divine intervention, too. For those who don’t believe in a power greater than us—let’s just say someone was looking out for many that day.

      =) Excellent Job for the Pilot, Crew and all first Scene Responders.

    4. Rusty Bridges on January 16th, 2009 8:07 am

      They should replace our government with this crew.

    5. Rusty Bridges on January 16th, 2009 8:11 am

      Thank the pilot and crew, but also the people who decided that this jet should be built to withstand a water landing.

    6. Michelle S in MS on January 16th, 2009 9:58 am

      Thank God indeed. It is nice to hear some good news for a change. I’m glad that no one was seriously injured or killed. This could have been a tragedy but thanks to the skills of the Pilot & the crew everyone made it out alive.

    7. Nick on January 19th, 2009 12:43 am

      We all have seen this happy end due to two main facts got together:
      1.The Captain is GENIUS!
      2.The European makers are GENIUS!
      The plane was very heavy, with 155 people on board,lugage,cargo and full tanks with jet fuel (kerosine) which made the task for the Captain extremely dificult. He did the that with no engines and from 3000 f. altitude ONLY!
      Who have ever flown know what I’m talking about.

    8. HOPE on January 19th, 2009 5:23 pm
    9. Luke on May 25th, 2009 8:32 am

      ANewGirl what are you talking about? Is it God who landed the plane, or Sully? What about 911? Where was your God?
      Nick thanks for pointing out the makers of the plane, the news media failed to do so, focusing on the American hero, and discarding the European made plane not disintegrating upon impact.

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