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10th Anniversary of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’: USDA Research Reduces Wildlife Hazards at Airports
On January 15, 2009, just six minutes after takeoff, air traffic controllers in Westbury, New York, received the following message from Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of U.S. Airways Flight 1549: “Mayday mayday mayday…this is Cactus 1549…Hit birds…We’ve lost thrust on both engines. We’re turning back towards LaGuardia. We can’t do it. We’re gonna be in the Hudson. This is the Captain brace for impact.”Thankfully, all 150 passengers and 5 crew members survived what’s become known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The crew was lauded as heroes and the National Transportation Safety Board described their efforts as the “most successful ditching in aviation history.” It also is a sobering reminder of what can happen when planes and wildlife collide.
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