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5th Anniversary For "Miracle On The Hudson"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

(NBC News) Five years ago today, a brave pilot and crew landed a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River in New York.

Everyone on board survived.

It's a 'miracle moment' that is being remembered later today when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and others who were on board will gather at the spot of the landing to remember.

In 2009, a bird-strike on take-off from New York's La Guardia Airport crippled the engines on US Airways flight 1549.

That prompted Captain Sullenberger to turn to his only option: splashing down in the Hudson River.

"Perhaps it was truly a miracle when you think about all the things that had to happen right that day," said first officer and co-pilot Jeff Skiles.

All 155 passengers and crew survived.

Confirming the 'miracle' and forever changing the lives of those on-board.

"Just changed my outlook about life for today and enjoy it," said survivor Michael Leonard.

"Having that gratitude for life, has really changed my perspective, where, I don't really sweat the small stuff anymore," survivor Dave Sanderson said.

This afternoon Sullenburger, who is now retired, and other survivors will raise a toast to life and travel by boat to the spot on the Hudson River where they made that miraculous landing.

As for the plane, in 2011 it was towed by truck to Charlotte, North Carolina and its new home at the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

That's where it now stands as a powerful reminder of just how 'miraculous' that January day really was.


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