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"Miracle on the Hudson" five year anniversary


NEW YORK, NY (WKOW) -- It was five years ago that a US Airways plane landed in the Hudson River in New York.

Since then, it's become known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

A bird hit one of the plane's engines just after it took off from LaGuardia Airport, so pilot Chesley Sullenberger and first officer Jeff Skiles, an Oregon, WI native, put the plane down in the water.

Wednesday, Sullenberger reflected on that day.

"We have much to be thankful for. Much was saved that day, and it's the efforts, not only of the crew, the rescuers, and the first responders that everyone survived."

Sullenberger, Skiles and passengers on flight 1549 joined some of the ferry crews who rescued them.

They gathered on a boat in the Hudson River, and toasted.

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