Miracle plane sneak peak
It has been just over two years since the "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing captivated the nation and the world. All passengers and crew on board the US Airways flight 1549 survived. The plane, bound for Charlotte on that fateful day, will now be part of a permanent exhibit at the Carolinas Aviation Museum this summer. A time capsule of a historic flight.
In a makeshift New Jersey hanger, about 10 miles from the historic "Miracle on the Hudson" landing, the wreckage of US Airways flight 1549 sits.
A first look at the battered Airbus 320, bearing all the scars from that cold January day when it collided with a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia.
Shawn Dorsch, President of the Carolinas Aviation Museum, says "there are some very prominent bird strikes against those windows there."
And eerie reminders of the chaotic moments when 155 passengers and crew rushed to evacuate the cabin.
Shawn says "most people did not use their life vests on the flight most people took the seat cushions."
Shawn Dorsch is president of the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, where flight 1549 will make its permanent home in the coming months.
Shawn says "I see history. I see the best of humanity."
A part of the miracle, Dorsch says, that goes hand and hand with the heroic efforts of pilots Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles.
Shawn says "not only did Sullyberger do a great job in flying this airplane but the airplane held up when it hit the water."
Those wings that buoyed passengers have since been removed but will soon be reattached.
The museum will reconstruct the plane as it was on the day of the emergency landing that includes everything inside the cabin, right down to the beverages that were on board.
Shawn says "it's gonna be frozen in time just as it was when it came out of the water."
The majority of survivors that day were from Charlotte, including Pam Seagle who says she will find comfort in being able to visit the aircraft.
Pam Seagle, Flight #1549 Survivor, says "to see my seat, look out that window and remember what I was thinking and what I was experiencing the last time I was there. I think there is a huge emotional connection to the aircraft as a passenger."
An emotional connection to this dark cabin and shell of an aircraft, still full of life. The plane is scheduled to arrive at its new home at the Carolina Aviation Museum on June 11th, where it will immediately be put on public display.