Eyewitness News had extensive breaking news coverage on-air and online as soon as word of the water landing hit our newsroom that cold afternoon. Re-watch our coverage from that day, pulled from our vast video archive, in the player above.
"I am continuously inspired by how crew, passengers, rescuers and first responders rose to the occasion to save every life," pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger posted on Twitter.
Nine years ago today, a routine flight turned into a life-changing moment for 155 people. While I reflect today on #Flight1549, I am continuously inspired by how crew, passengers, rescuers and first responders rose to the occasion to save every life. Photo via @CNN pic.twitter.com/xDaVDDChYO— Sully Sullenberger (@Captsully) January 15, 2018
The courageous captain and his crew piloted the crippled jet and made an unthinkable belly-first landing on the frigid waters of the Hudson on January 15, 2009. All 155 people on board were rescued.
Our live coverage continued with extensive coverage from the ground and in the air. Watch part 2 here:
Hours later, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave an update. You can watch it here:
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We followed that special report with in-depth reporting at 11 p.m. that night:
Check out photos of the scene of the landing here:
Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport for Charlotte, North Carolina, when a flock of geese disabled the engines.
Circling west and then over the George Washington Bridge, the plane with 150 passengers and five crew members glided to a water landing.
"I saw half the plane submerged in the water and was just astounded by the miraculous event that just occurred and was just thankful, just absolutely thankful," passenger Ian Wells said.
Those on board then began moving precariously out onto both wings in what has become an iconic picture.
"I went out and slipped off the wing and went into the water," passenger Eileen Shleffar said.
Watching the unbelievable drama unfold, ferry captains from New York Waterways then became the first to reach the plane and began rescuing people.
Captain Vince Lombardi's boat was the first.
"It just goes to prove what discipline and hard work and teamwork, how successful it turns out," he said.
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