This Airbus A320-214 was built for US Airways in 1999. The A320 is a modern airliner that was one of the first airliners to incorporate state-of-the-art “fly by wire” technology and composite construction in some of the structural components. The aircraft is widely used by air carriers all over the world.
Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson,” was carrying 150 passengers and 5 crew members on January 15, 2009, when it left LaGuardia Airport, bound for Charlotte. A few minutes after takeoff at an altitude of 2,818 feet, the aircraft hit a flock of migrating Canada Geese, causing both engines to shut down.
With only minutes to make life or death decisions, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles were able to successfully glide the aircraft to a ditching in the Hudson River. There were no serious injuries, but this event changed many lives. SAM visitors can see the actual aircraft, hear passenger stories, and experience the event.