US Airways Fligth 1849 crash landed in the Hudson River after being struck by birds just after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, New York. It was schedueled to stop in North Carolina, and continue on to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington.

The bird strike occured northeast of the George Washington Bridge and resulted in losing thrust from both engines. 

The pilot was Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger. He is also a safety expert and glider pilot. The first officer was Jeffery B. Skiles, just out of training and with a fresh memory of all safety rules and regulations for flying the Airbus.

For More Info on this accident, you can watch the full Air Crash Investigations episode here, at

Or watch real footage of the landing here

Hudson plane

The passengers board the wings to avoid drowning.