'Miracle On The Hudson' In Photos: Flight 1549 Survivors And Crew Mark 5th Anniversary Of Miraculous Crash Landing

on January 15 2014 11:56 AM

Five years ago, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese just after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport, resulting in both engines losing power and forcing Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his crew to glide the Airbus A320-214 to an unpowered crash landing in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.

The crash, widely referred to as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” resulted in no loss of life and only five minor injuries despite the freezing river. Moments after the crash of Flight 1549, nearby boats and ferries came to the rescue of the 150 passengers and five crewmembers. The rescue was said to be the “most successful ditching in aviation history,” NTSB board member Kitty Higgins told the New York Post.

Since then, attention has turned toward Capt. Sullenberger, who became a public figure and was a guest of the Obamas at the president's 2009 State of the Union speech in Congress, and toward whether or not he's considering running for political office in California. Despite encouragement from the public, "Sully" squashed the rumors in a statement provided to the San Francisco Chronicle:

“I believe I can best use my skills, experience and the public platform I have been given as an advocate for the traveling public and for promoting safety in general. I am not considering a run for public office.”

If not in public office, where is Capt. Sully now? Since the dramatic landing, he was awarded the Masters Medal by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and has retired from US Airways in March 2010. Currently, Capt. Sullenberger continues to serve the aviation community through speaking engagements and consultant work. He has also authored two books, one of which, “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” landed on a New York Times Best Sellers list.

According to the Associated Press, the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 and some of its passengers are expected to gather this Wednesday with some of the ferry crews who rescued them from the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009.

Take a look back, through photos below, at the events that transpired during Flight 1549’s “Miracle on the Hudson” and the journey to the plane’s final resting place at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

Miracle On The Hudson Flight 1549 Crash

A mobile phone picture taken by a Reuters employee commuting on the New York to New Jersey ferry that was helping with the rescue operation after a US Airways jet with 155 people on board ditched in the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan on January 15, 2009. Reuters/Paula Warfield

Miracle On the Hudson Rescue flight 1549

A mobile phone picture taken by a Reuters employee commuting on the New York to New Jersey ferry that was helping with the rescue operation after a US Airways jet with 155 people on board ditched in the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan on January 15, 2009. Reuters/Paula Warfield

Miracle on the Hudson aftermath flight 1549

US Airways Flight 1549 airplane, which crashed in the Hudson River, awaits removal in New York January 16, 2009. Flight 1549, with 150 passengers and five crew aboard the Airbus A320, and bound for Charlotte, North Carolina from New York's LaGuardia Airport, crash-landed in New York's Hudson River. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

New York General View Miracle On the Hudson

A general view of the Hudson River shows the site where a US Airways airplane crashed, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey January 16, 2009. Reuters/Chip East

US Airways Chief Flight 1549

US Airways Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker speaks with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a news conference honoring the rescuers from Flight 1549 in New York January 16, 2009. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Sully And Passengers Flight 1549

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, thanks rescuers during a reunion for members of the flight, a year after their plane landed in the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2010. Passengers of the ill-fated flight are seated at rear. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Sully with Passengers

Passenger Shae Childers (L) poses with flight attendants Doreen Welsh (2nd L) and Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, members of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, during a reunion for members of the flight and their rescuers a year after their plane landed in the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2010. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Miracle On the Hudson flight 1549 on the move

A cyclist rides past U.S. Airways flight 1549 also known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" as it is hauled on a truck through the streets in Elizabeth, New Jersey, June 4, 2011. Reuters/Gary Hershorn

Flight 1549 Elizabeth

US Airways flight 1549 also known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" is hauled on a truck through the streets in Elizabeth, New Jersey, June 4, 2011. Reuters/Gary Hershorn

Flight 1549 delaware

U.S. Airways flight 1549 also known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" is seen as it rolls over the westbound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge near Wilmington, Delaware, June 6, 2011. Reuters/Tim Shaffer

Miracle On The Hudson Museum

Former US Airways Captain Chesley Sullenberger of U.S. Airways flight 1549 speaks with passenger Pam Seagle in front of the plane's fuselage at Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina June 11, 2011. Reuters/Jim R. Bounds

Capt. Sully Flight 1549 aviation museum

Former US Airways Captain Chesley Sullenberger of U.S. Airways flight 1549 stands in front of the plane's fuselage at Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina June 11, 2011. Reuters/Jim R. Bounds

Sully Signing autographs

Former US Airways Captain Chesley Sullenberger of U.S. Airways flight 1549 signs books at Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina June 11, 2011. Reuters/Jim R. Bounds

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