HARRISON, N.J. -- The plane whose safe landing on the Hudson River captivated the world two years ago rolled out of a warehouse and across the Passaic River yesterday morning to begin the trek to a North Carolina museum.
Accompanied by a phalanx of police cars and film crews, the damaged Airbus A320 eased out of the J. Supor and Sons warehouse lot where it has sat since the splashdown in January 2009 made its pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, a national hero.
US Airways Flight 1549 was bound for Charlotte from New York when it struck a flock of geese after takeoff and lost power in both engines. Sullenberger considered trying to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey but quickly recognized the move would be too risky and decided to touch the plane down in the frigid Hudson. Rescue boats and commuter ferries arrived and rescued all 155 passengers and crew.
The plane's trip to Charlotte, N.C., and the Carolinas Aviation Museum is expected to take about a week, according to museum president Shawn Dorsch. The wings were shipped separately.
Sullenberger is scheduled to speak at a reception at the museum June 11 after the plane has arrived, according to Dorsch. Other flight crew members also are expected to attend. -- AP