19 August 2011, 00:00
On January 15, 2009, the US Airways Flight 1549 aircraft, an Airbus A320-214, was successfully ditched in the Hudson River adjacent to midtown Manhattan six minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport after its engines had been disabled by striking a flock of Canada Geese during its initial climb out. The incident became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson". Many months later during a meeting at the Carolina Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, an idea about a possible display of artifacts from this flight evolved and it was emphasized to try to rebuild the entire aircraft.
Liebherr-Aerospace, as one of the main suppliers to the Airbus A320, decided to become a sponsor of this aircraft transport and reassembly project in the Charlotte, NC museum. The final exhibit for the public will be an imperfect Airbus A320 as it came to rest in the Hudson. The reassembly will be part of the exhibit process, with the public at the museum getting to watch the volunteer engineers and mechanics reattach the wings, tail and finish the job. The display will be finalized by October 2011.
Source: Liebherr-International Deutschland GmbH