Miracle on Hudson survivors mark 5 years
“I’m filled with joy and gratitude ab replica watches uk out what was able to be accomplished by so many five years ago today and the fact that all 155 passengers and crew are here today because of it,” said Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who gained instant fame for his calm handling of US Airways flight 1549.
The 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.”
Sullenberger and about a half dozen passengers gathered at the NY Waterway ferry terminal to thank the ferry boat company, whose boats quickly got to the downed plane and rescued people. They then boarded a boat and sailed out to the area of the landing, where they raised a toast.
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Five years later, “it feels like yesterday, every day,” said passenger Denise Lockie of Charlotte, North Carolina.
“It’s a miracle and I’m just glad I’m here.”
Passenger Barry Leonard, of Charlotte, said those on the plane had 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 also 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 US Department of Agriculture.
It brought the idea that bird strikes could be dangerous to planes solidly into public replica watches uk consciousness, he said, leading to an increa replica watches uk se replica watches uk d willingness among airports and airlines to report bird strike incidents.
By having more strike data, the government was 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 were being reported at airports, the number of strikes that had caused damage was on the decline. But Begier said the number of damaging strikes in areas outside of airports, which planes cross through in ascents and descents, were not declining.
The Department of Agriculture was also given a recommendation after the crash to look into other possible ways to deal with birds, like using plane lighting systems already in place or using bird detecting radar.