On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to make a water landing in the Hudson River with 150 passengers and five crew members on board. The passenger flight, scheduled from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, lost thrust in both engines several minutes after takeoff when it struck a flock of Canadian geese.
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger quickly realized that they would be unable to return to an airport safely and instinctively turned for the Hudson River where he successfully ditched the aircraft. All 150 occupants safely evacuated the plane, which was virtually intact after the impact but was partially submerged and sinking slowly. All on board were rescued by ferries and other watercraft on the river.