On Jan. 14, 2009, a storm system sent gusty winds to New York with light snow showers. On the following day, calm, cold weather was reported. Due to de-icing delays in Pittsburgh, US Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport at 3:25 p.m. bound for Charlotte, N.C. Less than 2 minutes after takeoff, at an altitude of 2,900 feet, a flock of Canadian geese struck the aircraft knocking out both engines, turning the 150,000-pound Airbus A320 into a glider. The plane was descending over the Bronx at 1,000 feet per minute and the plane’s captain made a decision never before performed: Ditching in the Hudson River. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles safely off-loaded their passengers in 35 degrees with a wind chill value of 11.
Fastcast: Cold and wet.
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