Fire EMS

US Airways Flight 1549: New Jersey Rescue Operations

Issue 7 and Volume 162.

By Michael T. Cranwell On January 15, 2009, at 1530 hours, US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320, made an emergency landing in the middle of the Hudson River, abeam of the NY Waterways commuter ferry terminal in Weehawken, New Jersey. Passengers evacuated the aircraft, taking refuge on the wings and in rafts. The North Hudson Regional Fire Communications Center received multiple calls reporting the ditching. At 1534 hours, a North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR) first-alarm assignment (four engines, two ladders, one heavy rescue, one battalion chief, one deputy chief, and one safety officer) was dispatched to 1 Pershing Road (Arthur’s Landing) in Weehawken on the Hudson River waterfront, about a quarter-mile south of the ferry terminal. RELATED: Miracle on the Hudson Survivor Hasn’t Forgotten New Jersey Rescuers | US Airways Flight 1549: New York Marine Operations | Lessons Learned from Captain Sully and the “Miracle on the Hudson” En…

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