US Airways Flight 1549 was a commercial flight which took off from the New York City to North Carolina on 15th January 2009. It was successfully ditched on the Hudson River which was adjacent to the midtown Manhattan only after 6 minutes once it took off. It was struck by a flock of Geese as it climbed to achieve height. Indeed the US Airways Flight 1549 was due to a bird strike which happened at the north end of the George Washington Bridge only after 3 minutes of the flight had gone by. There was a complete loss of thrust in both the engines of the commercial aircraft. There were 150 passengers and 5 cabin staff on board this Airbus A320 flight. Fortunately all the 155 people on board were survivors as they were evacuated safely which remained intact on the water. It was partially submerged and began to sink slowly. However the 155 people on board were swiftly rescued by the watercraft which was close by. Due to the valiant effort of the US Airways Flight 1549, it was awarded the Master’s Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. First Officer Skiles was present within the Control Tower when the US Airways Flight 1549 took off. He was the first to notice that there was a formation of many birds which were approaching the flight only about a couple of minutes in advance. The altitude at this point in time was 3,200 feet. The collision happened at 3:27 pm which made the windscreen of the flight turn into a dark brown color and hence a number of loud thuds were felt and heard
at the same time.