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Miracle on the Hudson - Pictures Say 20,000 Words

Updated on March 6, 2009

The Lord Smiled On The Hudson

By now just about everyone who lives above a rock has heard of the miraculous emergency water landing on the Hudson River. Earlier today, a loyal reader who is friends with a family who, in turn, are friends with the crane operator who took the plane out of the water, sent these photos to me. They only begin to tell the story of heroism displayed by the pilot of this plane.

These pictures were taken by the crane operator, and subsequently passed on by email. I am working through channels to try to identify the photographer by name, so we may give credit where credit is so completely due. If and when we receive the identity of this person, I will post his or her name on this page.

What I found extremely interesting was what remarkably good shape the plane was in when they pulled it out of the water. Pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III is quite simply an utterly amazing captain to have had the presence of mind to land the plane on the river. Remember that when you are hitting water from above, landing on it can feel a lot like concrete. People who know much more about aviation than I do have said that Pilot Sullenberger achieved a perfect water landing. That every single one of the passengers and crew on board survived the landing is first and foremost a miracle that can only be attributed to God, in my admittedly Catholic/Christian viewpoint. However, if Divine Intervention was, in fact, behind this miracle, it was Captain Sullenberger who served as the Lord's conduit, maintaining a cool demeanor throughout. Even after the plane was in the water, Sullenberger is reported to have been hard at work helping passengers in the water get to safety. He may not be comfortable with all the accolades he has received, but he has earned every single one of them.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we've got 20,000 words worth of images to follow. The only alterations I made to these photographs was changing them from bitmap to jpeg format, so they could be published here on hubpages, and I also cropped them to remove the date and time stamp that appeared on each photograph.

Thanks to my Aunt Wendy for passing these along to me, and thanks again to the crane operator who was the real genious for bringing a camera to this historic and inspirational event.


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    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida

      I can't take the credit for the photos, as I noted above, but if per chance the photographer should visit this page, I'm sure (s)he will appreciate the sentiments. I can't say that these pictures moved me quite as much as the Soldier's Prayer pictures I received a while ago, but they were really incredible shots, nonetheless. Thanks for the comments folks!


    • St.James profile image


      9 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

      Amazing Photos

    • Dink96 profile image


      9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I just watched Capt. Sullenberger & crew on Larry King tonight and they were amazingly modest in their "all in a day's work" demeanor.  A riveting story.  I was texting another friend of mine, a retired airline captain, during the show and he said that was some darn good flying.  My dad was also a (military) pilot.  I am awfully proud of the men and women on this flight.  They did what they were trained to do, got their passengers out safely and the fact that everyone made it out alive is still astounding to this reader.  Thanks for the great pictures!


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