On Friday it will have been a year since “Miracle on the Hudson”-pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger flawlessly executed a water landing that saved his passengers from near obliteration. The media is already buzzing with updates on the pilot, crew and passengers. And what about those poor geese?
"I believe that 1549 was one of the best things that ever happened to me," said Brad Wentzell, improbably. "Sometimes a nice plane crash is exactly what the doctor ordered." He and the other passengers told the Daily News they have a new lease on life after the crash. In fact, two books, two couples and countless cute sentiments have come out of the group. On Friday they’ll join Capt. Sully and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 to memorialize the incident. They won’t reattempt the landing, but at 3:31 p.m., they’ll ride in a ferry to the spot in the Hudson they were stranded exactly a year before. (And maybe finish up with dinner at the new Flight 1549 restaurant in Hell's Kitchen?)
The NY Post chose to report not on the men, but the birds. It seems that bird-plane collisions are up in the NY area: Stats say bird strikes near Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark airports rose 10 percent to a total of 153 during the first seven months of 2009—even though the number of flights dropped by 5.5 percent. Nationally there was a 22 percent increase in bird strikes during that period.