Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son

The Sully plane which made an emer­gency wa­ter land­ing with all 150 pas­sen­gers and five crew sur­viv­ing, now at­tracts vis­i­tors to the Caroli­nas Avi­a­tion Mu­seum.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel - By JOHN BORDSEN Sully

THE 2016 movie Sully didn’t get much Os­car love; the Tom Hanks film was only nom­i­nated for one Acad­emy Award – for sound edit­ing (it didn’t win).

But the biopic got a lot of peo­ple flock­ing to the Caroli­nas Avi­a­tion Mu­seum, home of the ac­tual plane that Capt Ch­es­ley “Sully” Sul­len­berger landed safely in the Hud­son River. Visi­tor num­bers more than dou­bled af­ter Sully hit the big screen in Septem­ber last year, mu­seum spokesper­son Jan Black said.

The sto­ried plane is the cen­tre­piece of the avi­a­tion mu­seum near Char­lotte Dou­glas In­ter­na­tional Air­port, where the Air­bus A320 was sched­uled to land on that fate­ful day, eight years ago.

US Air­ways Flight 1549 had just taken off from New York when it struck a flock of geese, dis­abling its en­gines. Sully made an emer­gency wa­ter land­ing, and ev­ery one of the 150 pas­sen­gers and five crew mem­bers sur­vived the “Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son”.

The re­cov­ered air­craft was moved in 2011 to the mu­seum – an ap­pro­pri­ate rest­ing place given that at least half of the peo­ple on­board were from Char­lotte, a ma­jor hub for US Air­ways, which com­pleted its merger with Amer­i­can Air­lines in 2015.

The mu­seum’s hangar col­lec­tion is dom­i­nated by the “Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son” jet. To ac­com­mo­date the height of the Air­bus tail, the hulk sits low – maybe 1.22m above the pave­ment – on a cus­tom-made mount. Mon­i­tors fac­ing the 62,500kg air­liner show 2009 news­casts, in­ter­views with pas­sen­gers and the re­cov­ery of the Air­bus from the Hud­son.

But your at­ten­tion keeps re­turn­ing to the “un-re­stored” Air­bus: the bot­tom that de­tached when mak­ing ini­tial con­tact with the Hud­son; the dings, dents and other may­hem vis­ited on the lower fuse­lage; the left en­gine sep­a­rated from the jet and re­cov­ered later. You can still spot dried “snarge” the guts of geese that crip­pled both en­gines.

The mu­seum’s sto­ry­boards, dis­plays and well-in­formed do­cents help flesh out the story be­yond the pi­lot-ori­ented film. For ex­am­ple, Flight 1549 was pop­u­lar with cor­po­rate com­muters re­turn­ing to their jobs at Char­lotte’s big re­tail­ers and banks.

The ex­ecs’ team-build­ing skills proved an as­set when the downed jet had to be evac- uated.

Adult ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum is US$12 (RM52). More info at www.car­oli­nasavi­a­tion.org. – Chicago Tri­bune/Tri­bune News Ser­vice

The roped-off Air­bus A320 sits low to the ground in the mu­seum’s hangar. Mu­seum at­ten­dance more than dou­bled af­ter screen. — Pho­tos: JOHN BORSDEN/TNS reached the big

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