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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It finally arrived.
Two years after a US Airways jet left New York for Charlotte and made a miraculous landing on the Hudson River, it reached its intended destination and future home in a museum.
“My flight has finally come home,” said Eileen Shleffar, who was sitting in row 13D when the plane splashed in the river.
US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia airport when a flock of geese disabled the engines on Jan. 15, 2009. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III safely glided into a water landing. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued.
Thousands of people in several states have lined up along the road to glimpse the 120-foot-long fuselage on its 600-mile journey on a flatbed truck from Newark, N.J., where it spent the last two years in a hangar. The wings from the damaged Airbus A320 were removed and shipped earlier to the Carolinas Aviation Museum.
“It’s emotional,” she said about seeing the plane for the first time since the landing. “It’s always going to be emotional to us.”
Said fellow passenger, Michael Leonard. “It’s surreal.”
As the plane made the final leg of the journey from New Jersey, people sat in lawn chairs or stood with their cameras waiting for the plane to pass by on the flatbed truck.
His wife, Joann, 69, a retired nurse, agreed.
“You think about what happened and it was a miracle everyone survived. I’m glad the plane is coming here. It should be preserved to remind people of what happened that day,” she said.
Public interest in the jet’s journey this week has surprised and touched the hero US Airways pilot who guided it to a safe splashdown.
“When I see images of people in their lawns chair waiting for their airplane to roll by on the freeway overpass with a camera to get a glimpse of it is surprising and wonderful,” Sullenberger said in an interview.
Sullenberger said the landing still resonates with people.
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