‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane goes up for auction

By Calvin Palmer

The US Airways Airbus A320 involved in the “Miracle on the Hudson” last January is being auctioned off.

Pilot Capt Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed the plane on the Hudson River, In New York, after a flock of geese disabled its engines shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thanks to Sullenberger’s flying skills all 150 passengers and five crew escaped from the stricken aircraft.

The online auction is being held by Chartis Aerospace Insurance Services, who describe the plane, which is minus its engines, as having severe water damage throughout the airframe and impact damage to its underside.

According to AVWeb, the Web site advertising the auction, an inspection of the plane will be scheduled probably within the next 45 days.

The aircraft is for sale “as is” and the buyer must move it from its storage site in Kearny, New Jersey, by April 10 or take over the storage payments.

The wreckage was treated with a corrosion inhibitor last summer, but otherwise has not been repaired.

The auction closes March 27 and details can be found at AVWeb.

[Based on reports by The Jersey Journal and Associated Press.]

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