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'Sully' And The True Story Behind The 'Miracle On The Hudson' From Flight 1549 Passengers

The 'Miracle on the Hudson'

Monday, January 16, 2017

The story of a Charlotte-bound US Airways flight's emergency landing in the Hudson River was captured in the film Sully. We hear from some of the passengers on the eight year anniversary of the 'Miracle on the Hudson.'

On January 15th 2009, eight years ago yesterday, a modern-day miracle occurred. A Charlotte-bound US Airways flight hit a flock of birds on take-off from La Guardia, losing both engines.
Captain Sully Sullenberger had seconds to react and decided to put the plane down in the Hudson River. Everyone on board survived. What had never been done before was deemed "The Miracle on the Hudson." Hollywood told that story in a Clint Eastwood film titled simply "Sully" starring Tom Hanks. It's now out on DVD. 

Eight years after the Miracle on the Hudson, we hear from several of the passengers from Flight 1549 in an encore conversation from the Carolinas Aviation Museum.


Watch the show below. The Facebook Live video dropped out during taping so we have two videos.

Wally Coppinger – Executive Director of Carolinas Aviation Museum

Beth McHugh – Passenger on board Flight 1549, seat 20C

Eileen Shleffar – Passenger on board Flight 1549, seat 13D

Vic Warnement – Passenger on board Flight 1549, seat 13E

Originally aired 9/14/2016

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.