Revisiting the 'Miracle on the Hudson' five years later

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Revisiting the 'Miracle on the Hudson' five years later

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

Five years ago today, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III and First Officer Jeff Skiles safely landed an Airbus A319 on the Hudson River. After departing from LaGuardia Airport, the jet soon lost both engines after striking geese. All 155 passengers and crew members survived the frigid splash landing, thus named the "Miracle on the Hudson."

"The incident, which has gone into aviation lore as one of the more remarkable stories in modern aviation, captivated viewers across the USA as the rescue played out on live TV," reports USA Today. "Sullenberger went on to become something of a national celebrity in the years since the landing."

Twitter was first to report the miracle in live-time, and subsequently put itself on the map due to the extensive media coverage following. "There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy," tweeted on-site bystander Jānis Krūms.

According to CNBC, "Exactly 32 minutes later, the man who first reported 'The Miracle on the Hudson' was interviewed live on MSNBC."  

"It changed everything," Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder, told CNBC in a 2013 interview. "Suddenly the world turned its attention because we were the source of news-- and it wasn't us, it was the person in the boat using the service, which is even more amazing."

Ferry operators from the boat Krūms was on, along with US Airways Flight 1548 family: Sullenberger, Skiles, and passengers are meeting at the Hudson River today to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their blessed rescue. 

Revisit Jan. 15, 2009 in our gallery to see photos from their rescue.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.