On This Day in Aviation History

January 15, 2014

January 15th in Aviation History: Miracle on the Hudson, United Airlines Born

2009 – US Airways Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A320 (registered N106US) makes a successful water landing in the Hudson River after rogue Canada geese destroy both engines. All 155 on-board survive one of the few successful ditchings in recent history. (MORE: Read our 5 year anniversary article)

N106US being hoisted out of the Hudson after a chilly bath from the water ditching of US Airways Flight 1549.

N106US being hoisted out of the Hudson after a chilly bath during the ditching of US Airways Flight 1549.

• ALSO: Check out the NYCA message boards as we watched the saga unfold in real time
• PLUS: Our interview with air traffic controller Patrick Harten, who handled US Airways 1549

1992 – A Lockheed U-2 belonging to the United States Air Force is lost in the Sea of Japan. FACTOID: The U-2 is still in active service 50 years after development, and has actually out-lived its replacement, the SR-71, by more than a decade.

1991 – The first hot-air balloon to cross the Pacific takes off from Japan, eventually landing in Canada.

1977 – Linjeflyg Flight 618, a Vickers 838 Viscount (registered SE-FOZ) crashes on approach to Stockholm-Bromma Airport. The plane entered a steep dive from an altitude of 1,150ft due to ice that had developed on the horizontal stabilizer, killing all 22 aboard.

1973 – The last mission of a B-52 in the Vietnam War.

1927 – In what would later become United Airlines, Boeing Air Transport is established, carrying airmail between San Francisco and Chicago.



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  • Julian Gomez

    “rogue Canada geese” ??!! They were doing their thing thousands of years before 12/17/1903.