One-Year Anniversary Of Miracle On The Hudson

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, his crew and a number of survivors plan to gather Friday to revisit the site where he deftly set down US Airways Flight 1549 in the middle of the frigid Hudson River after striking geese and losing engine power. All 155 people aboard survived.

The group plans to gather in the morning for a breakfast to thank first responders and the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey chapters of the American Red Cross.

The survivors then will meet with the boat rescuers who helped them and board one of the passenger ferries that plucked them from the icy water.

They'll raise glasses in a toast to life at 3:31 p.m., the moment of impact.

Not all crew members or passengers are ready to relive that fateful day however, many are fearful of flying, or won't go near water.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    Audra, you have not even seen pathetic yet. wait until a story about our military comes along. There are a few who loathe the armed forces who post here.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    Sue, that was about the most pathetic comment I've read all month here. You know nothing about piloting, apparently, or you would know that his margin for error in this water landing was so slim that it was almost nothing. This was not a person purely doing his job, but rather someone who managed in the process of his job to have a stupendous, miraculous outcome instead of what could have meant death for everyone on the craft. By the way, the expression is "to the hilt", not hills, and no... I don't think he is. This story is about the people surviving, which is marvelous. The gathering is also a part of their healing process from this traumatic event and I'm glad they are taking the time to do it. Speaking of getting a grip... maybe you need some chamomile tea.
  • by To Sue Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    Sue, don't be a grumy ol''s not our fault you haven't made the news yet. I think it's great to hear about the anniversary of this "could have been" tragedy. All the time we hear, dwell & reflect on past events on their respective anniversary dates. What happens every Sept 11th? We all reflect back on 9/11/2001. What happens every April 15th? We all reflect back to the Columbine shootings. What happens every...I could go on and on, but will end it here. Thanks :)
  • by The Voice of Reason on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    Well put, sue. This story has been overhyped since it happened. The pilot was simply doing his job. There has been the book, meeting King Barrack, and the documentary. Where's the made for TV movie?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    I think it is wonderful to celebrate a HAPPY ENDING! We hear so much negative Sue that you would think that A MAN WHO DID HIS JOB and saved how many people in the process would make anyone have happy thoughts!! I wonder where in his job description it says he must successfully land a crashing plane on top of the water and have everyone live? But he did his job!!
  • by sue Location: greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    Who cares. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! There are more important things going on in the world then someone that did his job that he is suppose to do anyway. Lets get a grip people. This man is playing it right to the hills.

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