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Miracle on the Hudson: 10 years on

January 15, 18:36 UTC+3

On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 took off from La Guardia airport in New York for Charlotte, North Carolina. In minutes, the plane "landed" on the Hudson river

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An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York, 2009
An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York, 2009
An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York, 2009
© AP Photo/Edouard H. R. Gluck
On January 15, 2009, US Airways passenger plane carrying 148 passengers crashed into New Yorks Hudson River three minutes after takeoff
On January 15, 2009, US Airways passenger plane carrying 148 passengers crashed into New Yorks Hudson River three minutes after takeoff
On January 15, 2009, US Airways passenger plane carrying 148 passengers crashed into New Yorks Hudson River three minutes after takeoff
© AP Photo/Steven Day
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2009
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2009
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2009
© AP Photo/Steven Day
Passengers were able to escape the Airbus 320 through openings in the fuselage, half of which floated above the icy water shortly after the crash, allowing passengers to stand on the nearly submerged wings before rescue ships arrived
Passengers were able to escape the Airbus 320 through openings in the fuselage, half of which floated above the icy water shortly after the crash, allowing passengers to stand on the nearly submerged wings before rescue ships arrived
Passengers were able to escape the Airbus 320 through openings in the fuselage, half of which floated above the icy water shortly after the crash, allowing passengers to stand on the nearly submerged wings before rescue ships arrived
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
A crash victim from the US Airways Airbus A320 flight number 1549 is taken to into an ambulance on the West Side Highway at 40th Street, 15 January, 2009
A crash victim from the US Airways Airbus A320 flight number 1549 is taken to into an ambulance on the West Side Highway at 40th Street, 15 January, 2009
A crash victim from the US Airways Airbus A320 flight number 1549 is taken to into an ambulance on the West Side Highway at 40th Street, 15 January, 2009
© EPA/JUSTIN LANE
All 155 persons aboard survived
All 155 persons aboard survived
All 155 persons aboard survived
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
New York City police officers looking over part of the US Airways Airbus 320, 2009
New York City police officers looking over part of the US Airways Airbus 320, 2009
New York City police officers looking over part of the US Airways Airbus 320, 2009
© AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina, January 20, 2009
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina, January 20, 2009
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina, January 20, 2009
© AP Photo/Mel Evans
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot who safely glided US Airways Flight 1549 to a water landing 5 years ago, with survivors and rescuers marking the anniversary of the event, January 15, 2014
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot who safely glided US Airways Flight 1549 to a water landing 5 years ago, with survivors and rescuers marking the anniversary of the event, January 15, 2014
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot who safely glided US Airways Flight 1549 to a water landing 5 years ago, with survivors and rescuers marking the anniversary of the event, January 15, 2014
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles
© AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool
The moldy and damaged interior of the wreckage of US Airways flight 1549, 2011
The moldy and damaged interior of the wreckage of US Airways flight 1549, 2011
The moldy and damaged interior of the wreckage of US Airways flight 1549, 2011
© AP Photo/Mel Evans
US Airways jet, flight 1549, is trucked onto local streets after leaving a warehouse in Harrison, 2011
US Airways jet, flight 1549, is trucked onto local streets after leaving a warehouse in Harrison, 2011
US Airways jet, flight 1549, is trucked onto local streets after leaving a warehouse in Harrison, 2011
© AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
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An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York, 2009
© AP Photo/Edouard H. R. Gluck
On January 15, 2009, US Airways passenger plane carrying 148 passengers crashed into New Yorks Hudson River three minutes after takeoff
© AP Photo/Steven Day
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2009
© AP Photo/Steven Day
Passengers were able to escape the Airbus 320 through openings in the fuselage, half of which floated above the icy water shortly after the crash, allowing passengers to stand on the nearly submerged wings before rescue ships arrived
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
A crash victim from the US Airways Airbus A320 flight number 1549 is taken to into an ambulance on the West Side Highway at 40th Street, 15 January, 2009
© EPA/JUSTIN LANE
All 155 persons aboard survived
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
New York City police officers looking over part of the US Airways Airbus 320, 2009
© AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina, January 20, 2009
© AP Photo/Mel Evans
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot who safely glided US Airways Flight 1549 to a water landing 5 years ago, with survivors and rescuers marking the anniversary of the event, January 15, 2014
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles
© AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool
The moldy and damaged interior of the wreckage of US Airways flight 1549, 2011
© AP Photo/Mel Evans
US Airways jet, flight 1549, is trucked onto local streets after leaving a warehouse in Harrison, 2011
© AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 took off from La Guardia airport in New York for Charlotte, North Carolina. Minutes after takeoff, the plane struck a flock of Canada geese just northeast of the George Washington Bridge and consequently lost all engine power. Unable to reach any airport, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a ditching in the Hudson River off Midtown Manhattan. All 155 people aboard were rescued by nearby boats and there were few serious injuries. The accident came to be known as the "Miracle on the Hudson".

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