‘Miracle on the Hudson’ survivors to mark 10 year anniversary


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The pilots and passengers on a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River will mark the 10-year anniversary of that remarkable event this Tuesday.

“I’m filled with joy and gratitude about what was able to be accomplished by so many…and the fact that all 155 passengers and crew are here today because of it,” Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III said in 2015, who gained instant fame for his calm handling of US Airways flight 1549.

The Charlotte-bound flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport when a flock of geese disabled the engines. Sullenberger safely glided to a water landing and all 155 passengers and crew members were rescued in what became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

It feels like yesterday, every day,” passenger Denise Lockie of Charlotte, N.C. said. “It’s a miracle and I’m just glad I’m here.”

Passenger Barry Leonard, of Charlotte, said those on the plane have seen children and grandchildren born in the past five years.

“It made me think about things in a different way, no doubt,” he said.

The incident led to changes in how the airline industry deals with bird strikes, said Michael Begier, national coordinator of the Airport Wildlife Hazards Program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It brought the idea that bird strikes can be dangerous to planes solidly into public consciousness, he said, leading to an increased willingness among airports and airlines to report bird strike incidents.

By having more strike data, the government is better able to gauge how wildlife should be managed in the regions around airports, he said.

For example, he noted that even though more strikes are being reported at airports, the number of strikes that have caused damage is on the decline. But Begier said the number of damaging strikes in areas outside of airports, which planes cross through in ascents and descents, are not declining.

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