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City Marks Five Years Since 'Miracle on the Hudson' Landing

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TWC News: City Marks Five Years Since 'Miracle on the Hudson' Landing
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It's been five years since the "Miracle on the Hudson" and survivors of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 gathered in the city to mark the anniversary.

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, First Officer Jeff Skiles and some of the passengers returned to mark five years since U.S. Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River, shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport.

The plane had just taken off when it flew into a flock of birds, knocking out both of its engines.

Sullenberger rose to national fame after he successfully guided the plane into the Hudson River.

All 155 passengers and crew were rescued.

Sullenberger said if he had lost one person on that flight he wouldn't be celebrating. He also praised the ferry drivers who saw the plane go down and within minutes, surrounded it, getting everyone out.

"155 people faced a sudden, unexpected challenge. Many people came together, did their jobs exceedingly well to give us such a wonderful outcome," said Sullenberger.

"Without these people my children would not have had a father. My mom wouldn't have had a son," said passenger Barry Leonard.

After the ceremony everyone got onto a boat and went back into the Hudson, where they made a “Toast to Life.”

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