Three years later, the Miracle on the Hudson

How the story unfolded over social media.

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  1. 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.
  2. Janis Krums was on one of the ferries that wound up helping to rescue passengers that were standing on the wings of the plane. He snapped a photo and uploaded it to Twitter as they approached. It remains to this day as one of the most iconic photos to be shared on Twitter.
  3. There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.
  4. The flightpath, via i'm not sayin', i'm just sayin
  5. The NYC Aviation message board watched it unfold in real time.
  6. Pilot Saved the Day