The plane that miraculously landed by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger a year ago on January 15, 2009 is about to make history by becoming a collector’s item.
Last January, the 155 passengers and crew members aboard this aircraft narrowly escaped disaster under the calm and cool grace of Captain Sully. In the year that has followed, Americans have been mesmerized by the heroism and fantastical tale of the freezing day travelers landed in the icey waters of the Hudson River.
Since the plane was salvaged and examined after the impromptu landing, the Airbus A320 has taken up residence in Kearny, New Jersey in a salvage yard. The entire body of the plane, except for the engines that were lost when the plane flew in to a flock of birds, is up for sale by Chartis insurance firm. The auction description still lists the extensive water damage to the interior as well as the injured belly of the plane that were inflicted to the structure. Any airplane or current events aficionado will appreciate the left-as-is nature of this US Airways craft that survived impossibly.
The “Miracle on the Hudson” plane is on an auction open to the public that will end on March 27 at 4:30 pm EST.