The reactions of all members of the crew, the split-second decision making and the handling of this emergency and evacuation were 'textbook' and an example to us all. To have safely executed this emergency ditching and evacuation, with the loss of no lives, is a heroic and unique aviation achievement.”
On January 15, 2009, just three minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, US Airways flight 1549—an Airbus 320—struck a flock of birds in midair.
With the loss of both engines and only seconds to make critical decisions at 3,000 feet (914 m) above the river, all of the crew’s training and preparation came into play. The pilot, copilot and crew, who had logged many hours of flight time, maintained a steady demeanor that helped to sustain the passengers’ confidence during an intense situation. Additionally, first responders from the ferry boats nearby acted quickly to make sure everyone got to shore safely. The remarkable result was that all 155 persons on board survived with reports of only relatively minor injuries.
The remarkable skills of the pilot and crew captivated people around the world as TV and Internet news correspondents began to call the harrowing situation “The Miracle on the Hudson.” Yet even a miracle alone could not have accounted for the amazingly safe emergency ditching of an aircraft.
A significant part of the credit for what happened when flight 1549 went down that day lies in preparation. As disaster loomed, the crew and rescue teams calmly and consistently implemented what they had learned in years of training and emergency drills. No one involved had ever undergone a situation like this one, and yet their countless hours of experience combined to achieve the best possible outcome—an inspiring and successful rescue.
Preparation. Pass It On!
This billboard about preparation features US Airways Flight 1549.
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caleb about 1 month ago from minnetonka,MN
Split decision making saving lives under cool pressure is beyond awesome.
Sharon Thomas 4 months ago from Gainesville, FL 32606
The pilots are true American hero's !!!! I don't fly anymore, but if I do I want these guys in the cockpit.
Brian 7 months ago from Holland PA
This is an incredible miracle! Think of all the training and effort that the crew put in to make the passengers safe.
bruce 8 months ago from china
This is incredible :)
Frank the man 10 months ago from Ttt
brandon 10 months ago from two rives
Wow...how'd they do that?!
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reyes 10 months ago from kas st
bob 11 months ago from florida
Incredible life message, we need this billboard message now! I feel they would post this picture and message again on all there billboards as a reminder of how to stay cool under pressure.
Darren about 1 year ago from Allentown PA
We need to be like you.Thanks,Captain!!
Rejani Betoni almost 2 years ago from Dourados, Brasil
Such an inspiring story! I love seeing miracles and positive things on your billboards. Keep up the good work pilot!
emma about 2 years ago from USA
As a retiree from US AIRWAYS, I was interested when I saw this billboard in Jacksonville, FL while on the way to pick up my husband from the airport on Jul 6. It is a beautiful way to celebrate that special day and to remind us all to plan
Marti Bridgman over 2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL
I recently passed this billboard on my way home from NYC. It had a profound impact on me. Today, on the second anniversary of Miracle on the Hudson, I am reminded of my awe in seeing the news of the miraculous landing of the plane and rescue of the passengers due to the exceptional training and professionalism of the pilots which ultimately allowed this miracle to occur. Without the proper preparation and professionalism of these pilots the outcome could have been tragic.
Denise P. almost 3 years ago from Cincinnati, OH
I work and live in NYC and you can see the river from my place. I lived through 9/11 and to see a plane flying so low, my heart dropped. I first thought was "oooh my God not again" I followed the plane with my eyes just waiting to see the impact. Then it got lower, lower and lower and hit the river I just couldn't believe it. I ran out of my apartment and walked to the river. I remembered that I crossed the street and I saw all those people starting to come on of the plane and stand in the wings they looked like there were standing in water. That truly was a miracle, no one died. It was truly a miracle.
Angel Taveras almost 3 years ago from New York, New York
Well I agree this was very intelligent. Just think of all the families that got another day to see their loved ones. Thanks again, captain, for another day.
Aaron h almost 3 years ago from adrian-madison, michigan
I think that it is amazing what you can do in bad situations if you just stay calm and collected.
aaron.h almost 3 years ago from adrin,michigan
This billboard reminds me of my favorite Coach John Wooden quote, "Failure to Prepare is Preparing to Fail". I'm sure these passengers are grateful for this pilot and crew's preparation on that fateful day!
John T. almost 3 years ago from Long Beach, CA
This was a very intelligent plan to land successfully into a river and float. Thanks, Captain, for saving many lives.
David G almost 3 years ago from Adrian-Madison Michigan
Deanna, You can download a letter-size PDF of the billboard by clicking the thumbnail above. You can also request a free set of posters from the homepage.
Rachel A. almost 3 years ago from Denver, CO
This is my very favorite of your boards!!! How great to see billboards that makes you respond with a smile, or a tear or just a sigh! Keep up the great work! I hope to see the latest Medal of Honor winner on one of your boards!! Thanks again for making travel a little more interesting!
Barbara A about 3 years ago from Tustin Mi.
This reminds me of you.
Kathleen T about 3 years ago from Cedarville, NY
Is there any way that I can purchase the values posters of my choice for my classroom?
Deanna S. about 3 years ago from Pennsylvania
That is amazing!
MT about 3 years ago from TX
Me and my friends were talking about this. I would be freaked out but at the end I think I would want to do it again. My friend said that she would say "No my luggage!" This is a really cool story, the pilot was cool and collected and didn't miss a beat. Good job!
Abby L-J about 3 years ago from Oregon
A real life miracle. I love all of your billboards. I really enjoy seeing positive things on my way to work. Thank you!!
Betty Moraes about 3 years ago from Bakersfield, CA
Yes I want the "cool under cabin pressure" as a poster too!!
Charity H about 3 years ago from Virginia
How do I get this "Cool under Pressure" converted into a poster that I can hang on my wall?
Clay H over 3 years ago from Philadelphia
I Love It! Sulley Is the Best!
Kerry C. over 3 years ago from Madison, WI
Great billboards, they always catch my attention. I wondered where they came from and what the inspiration was. Now, on the West Side Highway in NYC, right about where the plane "landed"
is this billboard! Awesome...everybody stares at it as we slowly putter by in traffic during the morning commute.
Rich K. over 3 years ago from New Jersey
Pass this billboard on Route 30 in Atlantic City and am totally captivated by it. The message and picture is awe inspiring, even spine tingling. Absolutely ingenious!
Rosemary D over 3 years ago from Belmar, New Jersey
Just saw your "Nice guys do finish first" billboard. Best thing I've seen in years. Bravo!
Diane W. over 3 years ago from South Bend, In
What a fabulous pilot Capt. Sully is! I was disappointed that he retired, though..I'd feel very safe if he were my pilot. Bless you, Captain, & enjoy retirement
Nancy T. over 3 years ago from Tempe, AZ
Amazing. It took me awhile to understand this billboard while I was awaiting a green light at a intersection in Asheville, NC. Very cool. Keep it up.
Shelby M. almost 4 years ago from Asheville, NC
I'm excited I can get the letter-sized download, but I love this message and image so much that I would buy a poster-sized one if I could!!
Meredith M. almost 4 years ago from San Jose, CA
You can print your own 8.5" x 11" copy by clicking on the thumbnail above.
Rachel A. almost 4 years ago from Denver, CO
I passed this billboard everyday on US-70 on my way to work in Durham until they recently took it down. Couldn't get the image out of my mind. So I came to the website to see if I could buy the poster to hang in the house. AWESOME..
Evelyn L. almost 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC
Love this billboard, sure wish I saw alot more of these
Teresa I. almost 4 years ago from Utah
This project is amazing! The billboards always seem to 'catch my eye' and I look forward to seeing new ones. Thanks for the reminders of the values I learned from my parents at a very early age.
Yvonne S. about 4 years ago from Kansas City, MO
I LOVE this billboard! I hope they never take it down here on Hwy 61 in southern MN. I get to drive by it everyday. It is a picture of 'survival'!
Mary about 4 years ago from Minnesota
I love reading all the interesting titles and how each has a story that is so inspiring to read. These stories can really make a difference.
A.S about 4 years ago from Michigan
I read this billboard during the week while driving to my very stressful job. It's my inspiration while driving on Loop 820 NW in Fort Worth, Texas. You never know how you affect other people during you life. What this Flight Crew did touched the hearts of millions.
Melinda T. about 4 years ago from Watauga, Texas
I love this billboard. It is simply awesome. Even though it has very few words, it says alot!
Tina D. about 4 years ago from Potterville, MI
This is how an expert pilot can do the seemingly impossible.
The flight crew were also on their "A" game by getting all the passengers out of the plane to safety.
This is when you really appreciate the little safety spiel at the beginning of each flight.
Scott C. over 4 years ago from New Castle, Indiana
This is my favorite billboard on RT 400 near Buffalo, NY.
Alex V. over 4 years ago from Buffalo, NY
This poster was the view I had outside my hotel on a recent vacation to New York. How awesome it was to wake up to this powerful message every morning. Sully is a true hero.
Cheri L. over 4 years ago from Fresno, CA
This is the greatest billboard ever. Sully and his crew did their job and did it extremely well. I'm not sure hero is a good word...because they did what they were trained to do...but extreme professionals would be for sure!
Scott Z. over 4 years ago from Orlando, FL
Totally moved by the picture. Brings back the memories as I watched CNN that January afternoon. Hail to the captain and all who did what they had to do to bring everyone to safety.
George M. over 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland
I pass this billboard three or more times a week. In the little town I'm from not many people get their full education. Hopefully people will see what preparation for the future can do! Fantastic job Sully!
Savannah C. over 4 years ago from Dallas, NC
This billboard was just put up in the last couple of days here in Chesapeake, VA on I64E right before the High Rise Bridge. It sent shivers up my spine! Being a former Air Force Officer, I am so proud of Capt Sully. He inspires me with his demeanor and professionalism....I would love to have this as my desktop background. Thanks for making my day!
Marie C. over 4 years ago from Chesapeake, Virginia
I work for US Airways and could not be more proud of Captain Sully and 1st Officer Jeff Skiles- displayed on route 202.
Lynn M. over 4 years ago from Chandler, AZ
The visual impact of this billboard is very powerful. Nothing in Time Square is more awe inspiring than this image.
Seat 3F, Flight 1549 over 4 years ago from Charlotte
Your billboards provoke thought and they truly make one reflect on personal purpose. Thanks for doing this and to your supporters. It's refreshing to hear about the good people do.
Ces H. over 4 years ago from Chandler, AZ
Truly a Miracle! As a passenger on this flight I know I will have a testimony for life! I'm so thankful to be apart of something that will touch people lives forever!
Reenee W. over 4 years ago from Tallahassee, FL
This billboard is completely awesome!!! I look for it every time I'm on the I-10 in Indio, CA. I drive by it everyday. Its the reason I am on this website now. AMAZING!!!
Christina R. over 4 years ago from Indio, CA
THANKS!! The billboard is on I-95. I pass it on my way to a difficult medical clinic that I attend, and it is SO inspiring. THANK YOU!!
Laura G, M.D. over 4 years ago from Fayetteville, NC
That one made me smile from ear to ear. I would not mind flying with him & it reminds us that calmness can be as rewarding as being boisterous.
Kirsten B. over 4 years ago from North Carolina
Saw the billboard today on I-94 near Port Huron...gave me goosebumps...thanks for the gentle reminder. We all need to stop and smell the roses AND like the boy scout motto "always be prepared."
Peggy G. over 4 years ago from Macomb, MI
My guess is cold water on the feet never felt so good. To go through that experience and live to tell about it is incredible. So glad my friends are still around.
Rhonda Y. over 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC
Noticed it as I was eating my lunch facing a busy downtown street. IT'S THE BEST POSTER I HAVE EVER SEEN!! I had to take a picture of it with my cell phone.
Lisa U. over 4 years ago from Chicago, IL
I love reading these billboards. But this one, I was truly inspired by. I had to take that road again and again so I could read it! Thanks for inspiring me!
Carrie S. over 4 years ago from Greenfield, MA
This is truly an amazing picture of heroism and courage! This one caught my eye as well as others I pass everyday! Keep up the great work!
Kelly B. over 4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.
What a great billboard. I had to check out the website after seeing the billboard on the 202 in Chandler, AZ.
Laura N. over 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ
The best one I have ever seen... I will drive out of my way to see this on highway 96 in Wichita, Kansas.
Stacie T. over 4 years ago from Kansas
Best one yet! Awesome!
Ron M. over 4 years ago from Texas
As a passenger on that plane, I was very touched to see this billboard. Captain Sully is truly my HERO!!! (I must also add that we passengers were pretty cool in getting ourselves off once he delivered the perfect landing.)
Vallie C. over 4 years ago from Tennessee
That is the most extraordinary billboard i have ever seen. I love it! That's a true hero.
Heather M. over 4 years ago from Trinity, FL
Inspiring.....daily issues seem so small......
Pat M. over 4 years ago from Kentucky
I saw this billboard driving down I-75 in Grandblanc, MI and instantly got chills. I have always liked these billboards but this one is by far my favorite. Absolutely amazing story!
Jennifer Y. over 4 years ago from Michigan
Good story. Inspirational.
Eric H. over 4 years ago from Brookings, OR
Good story. Inspirational.
Eric H. over 4 years ago from Brookings, OR
Being a US Airways employee, I was proud to see this. Thank you!
Karen W. over 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC
I just saw this today while driving on the freeway. Its truly amazing and inspiring to know that he saved every single life!
Diana Z. over 4 years ago from California
This makes me feel like preparation is needed for everything. Without preparation nothing is going to be done or solved nicely. Like a test you have to study to get a better grade. For a battle an army needs to be ready. Preparation is so important.
Qirong L. over 4 years ago from Missouri
This was so awesome. I had to stop on the freeway to get a picture of it!
Bonnie L over 4 years ago from Brawley, California
That pilot deserve to be Air Force One pilot for sure.
Jay S. over 4 years ago from Mississippi
YOU'RE AWESOME HOW CAN YOU PULL THAT OF!
CHINA over 4 years ago from FIJI
Speaking as a Security Officer, who has had to respond to emergencies as part of his job, I am gladdened by how the professionals on this plane used their skills so well to ensure not a single life was lost.
That includes not just the "cool under cabin pressure" Captain Sullenberger, but also his entire flight crew.
Scott C. over 4 years ago from New Castle, Indiana
Bryce M. over 4 years ago from Canada, ON
THAT IS AMAZING! I ALMOST CRIED.
LILLY J. over 4 years ago from CANADA
I saw this on CNN from that particular time and since than I do believe the pilots and cabin crews did a great job which will last forever. Well done.
Fnoase F. over 4 years ago from Maldives
I could not believe my eyes, the picture seems like one of those shots in stunts commonly seen in the movies but after reading through, I believe. It is wonderful, it a miracle.
ADEFEMI A., over 4 years ago from LAGOS, NIGERIA.
Dawn B. over 4 years ago from Georgia, USA
Look closely. With a little imagination the open doors of the plane together with the floating escape ramps look like hands holding the front of the plane!! Amazing!
Tammy F. over 4 years ago from California
WHAT QUIET STRENGTH THIS MAN HAS HAD! A VERY AMAZING FEAT BY SUCH A MAN WISHING NO FAN FARE JUST DOING HIS JOB AS HE SEES IT.
MIRIAM B. over 4 years ago from TEXAS
This would be a relevant and current teaching tool poster for any school.
Just another great poster from The Foundation for a Better Life.
Linda C. over 4 years ago from Orange County, Florida
This is a great billboard!
Melanie B. over 4 years ago from Victoria, Texas
Amy Z. over 4 years ago from Denver, CO
Awesome poster with a great message!
Diane S. over 4 years ago from CT
What an amazing picture and an even more amazing story! It's reassuring to know that there are people like this in the world.
Shawna A. over 4 years ago from Manistique, MI
Diana F. over 4 years ago from Florida
Constance C. over 4 years ago from Waterloo
What an amazing story I don't no what I would have done.
MADDY K. over 4 years ago from CANADA
WOW! THAT'S INCREDIBLE!
JAMES B. over 4 years ago from MEXICO
I would trust him to fly my plane any day.
Lenny R over 4 years ago from Alaska