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Pat Shingleton "Sully's Landing"

4 years 1 month 4 days ago Thursday, January 15 2015 Jan 15, 2015 January 15, 2015 3:00 AM January 15, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

A storm system on January 14, 2009 sent gusty winds to New York City with light snow. On January 15th, calm, cold weather occurred. Due to de-icing in Pittsburgh, US Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport at 3:25 p.m. bound for Charlotte. Less than 2 minutes after takeoff, at an altitude of 2,900 feet, a flock of Canadian geese struck the aircraft knocking-out both engines and sending the 150,000 pound Airbus A320 gliding. The plane was descending over the Bronx at 1,000 feet per minute and the plane's Captain made a decision never before performed - ditching in the Hudson River. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer, Jeff Skiles, safely off-loaded their passengers in 35 degrees and a wind chill value of 11 degrees.

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