Miracle on the Hudson plane makes its final journey by road

Ceri Roberts

The US Airways plane which made headlines when it landed safely on the Hudson River two years ago has made it's final journey - to a North Carolina museum.

Yesterday the damaged Airbus A320 was rolled out of a warehouse in Harrison, New Jersey, and transported across the Passaic River on the back of a huge truck.

It has been stored in the warehouse since the dramatic splashdown in January 2009, which made a national hero of pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger.

Accompanied by a convoy of police cars and film crews, the flatbed truck carrying the plane crossed the river into Newark before heading south west.

The convoy has to take back routes all the way to North Carolina because the 120ft plane is too big to fit through highway toll booths and too tall for some overpasses. The wings were shipped separately.

US Airways flight 1549 was bound for Charlotte from New York on January 15, 2009, when it struck a flock of geese after take off and lost power in both engines.

Mr Sullenberger, who came to be known as Sully, considered trying to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, but decided it would be too risky. So he decided to touch down in the middle of the freezing Hudson instead.

Within minutes, rescue boats and commuter ferries arrived and rescued all 155 passengers and crew.

The plane's journey to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte is expected to take about a week.

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