On January 15th, 2009, at 3:25 PM, a US Airways Flight, carrying 155 passengers, departed from LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York, for Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a routine flight that quickly became anything but routine. Shortly after takeoff, both of the plane’s engines failed, forcing the captain to make a life-and-death decision. Many called what happened next a miracle.
In this episode, we will look back at US Airways Flight 1549, also known as the Miracle on the Hudson. We’ll hear from some of the passengers and crew who recall the short flight, the terrifying water landing, and the harrowing rescue. Also featured are Red Cross team members who immediately sprang into action to help on the banks of the Hudson River.
Photo Caption: Photo taken during the production of the 2016 film Sully, where Red Cross volunteers served as extras, reenacting their role back in 2009.
Host: Olivia Kozlevcar
Producer: Chi Kong Lui
Editors: Chi Kong Lui and Ivan Morrobel
Support: Michael de Vulpillieres, Barbara Gaynes and Matthew LeCorps