Plane from 'Miracle' Hudson River Landing to Become Tourist Attraction

Posted Jan 5th 2011 10:47 AMUpdated Jan 5th 2011 05:26 PM


The US Airways flight that made a "miracle" emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York in 2009 after losing its engines will likely make its final landing at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in North Carolina.

"The aircraft is an international aviation icon," museum president Shawn Dorch tells the Charlotte Observer. "It's recognized around the world."

An agreement that would make Airbus A320 a permanent display is almost complete, museum officials say.

Just after taking off from LaGuardia on Jan. 15, 2009, en route to Charlotte, US Airways Flight 1549 collided with a flock of Canada geese and lost both its engines. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger managed to glide the plane to a landing on the Hudson, where all 155 passengers and crew were rescued.

The plane has been stored in pieces in a New Jersey warehouse since then, including the engines, one of which was pulled from 65 feet below the surface on the bottom of the river.

Dorch says the inside of the plane's fuselage "is like a time capsule. The Coke cans are in the food carts," he said. "Except for the passenger belongings, virtually everything else is still in the airplane just like it was."

Why the Charlotte museum got the plane over other museums vying for it, Dorch explains this way. "The big reason we have prevailed is that first of all we wanted to display the entire plane," he says. "This is a Charlotte story. The airplane was destined for Charlotte. There are so many survivors in Charlotte."

Dorch says he hopes to have the plane on exhibit by May, after it's trucked down from New Jersey, though he added that it might take a year to fully assemble the plane.

"It's a wonderful thing, because it certainly is a daily reminder of how fortunate we all were that day," says Clay Presley, president of Carolina Pad, who sat in seat 15D. "It gives me an opportunity to show my family, my kids and grandkids where I was sitting that day."

Mayor Anthony Foxx says the plane would "commemorate the brave men and women, particularly the pilot and crew, who saved so many lives."

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Next thing, there'll be a Wi game -- Land an A320! Avoid the birds and make it to N. Carolina, or land on the Hudson, or crash. You're in control! Have a friend play with you as a flock of geese!

This country will commercialize anything. Sad.

January 06 2011 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aloha fixed the top that ripped off there airliner sucking out one person put it back in service.After the wreck of flight 401 stuff from that wreck was put into other airliners.I feel they should not do this yes it saves them money but at 32.000 feet with used parts I dont know.It was a GOOD CREW and jet that saved the people.

January 06 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just more millionaires doing something completely stupid. Tell you what, send me 20K dollars and I promise to publish a book that most people will enjoy. No, really. It would actually serve a purpose for the human race. Check the head of that museum's salary. Makes me sick. I could do SO much more for people than these money hoarders ever could even fathom.

January 06 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Air & Space museums always draw crowds. Especially those that have planes with some particular historical signifigance. I have no doubt that the A320 will do the same.

January 06 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People are actually going to go see this...Really....????

January 06 2011 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mikehaack's comment

In the words of W.C. Fields (or someone like him - possibly PT Barnum?), "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

January 06 2011 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike F


I am sure NO ONE GIVES A DAMN about you finding a SUGARDADDY. Please run your scam to your family. I guess you and a few others have NO life other than to run SCAMS in stories on aol. PLEASE GET A LIFE!!!!!

January 06 2011 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm shocked that cheap as the airlines are they don't refurbish this plane and put her back in the air...........

Kenny Nash


January 06 2011 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to KENNY NASH's comment

You are completely correct. It sounds like the copilot was not even a pilot. There is something terribly fishy about this whole story.

January 06 2011 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There was no "miracle" involved here---just some great piloting.

January 06 2011 at 8:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blair MacKenzie

It was the quality of workmanship in the cockpit that made this emergency a very happy ending. Many other pilots I doubt could have been successful. There should be a realistic figure of Captain Sullenbuger put next to the plane after it is reassembled in it's new home.

I would even go so far as putting a wax figure of him in the London, England wax museum.

January 06 2011 at 6:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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