On the afternoon of 15th January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Heading to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, the flight was captained by Chesley Sullenberger (58 yrs old on that day).
Shortly after takeoff, Sullenberger told the ATC that his Airbus A320 had hit a large flock of birds, which had resulted in both engines of the plane completely shutting off.
At this point of time, the altitude attained by the flight was 2,800 feet. In the history of aviation, never had a plane reported dual engine loss at such low altitude. The ATC told Sullenberger that he had two options, either return back to LaGuardia airport or land the plant at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
With flying experience of over 30 years under his belt, Sullenberger decided that neither of the options given by ATC were fesible if he wanted to save the lives of all on-board. Sullenberger took a call and decided to land the plane on the Hudson river.
He immediately told passengers to prepare for impact. At 3-31 pm, US Airways Flight 1549 made a successful water landing on the Hudson river. All 155 people on board the plane survived.
Clint Eastwood is all set to release his new movie based on the above, and what followed in the life of Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger thereafter. Watch the trailer below.