US Airways flight 1549, an Airbus A320 (from NYC to Charlotte, NC) took off from LGA at 3:11 p.m. Three minutes after take off, just northeast of the George Washington Bridge, the plane encountered a flock of geese that flew into both engines and resulted in a complete loss of thrust.
Pilot Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger made a decision that he would be unable to make it to an airstrip in time to land and decided the best course of action would be to ditch the plane in the Hudson River.
All 155 passengers were rescued safely.