'Miracle on Hudson' Jet Heading to NC Museum

Exhibit to focus on the technology that made miracle possible
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2011 5:38 AM CDT
The Airbus 320 that dramatically crashed into the Hudson River in January 2009 is going to North Carolina, where it will be a featured in a museum exhibition.    (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, FILE)

(Newser) – More than two years after Chesley Sullenberger crash-landed his plane into the icy waters off New York City, the Airbus A320 dubbed "The Miracle on the Hudson" is going on display at a North Carolina museum, reports the AP. The plane has been sitting in a northern New Jersey warehouse since the January 2009 crash, largely unchanged, with unused life jackets still wrapped in plastic, and food and beverages waiting to be served in the back.

Now, the Carolinas Aviation Museum is going to take it apart and ship the pieces down for an exhibit opening in January. "We're still working out the route," said a consultant for the exhibition. "There are a lot of factors to be considered." There's also a layer of mold that needs to be cleaned off, but except for a gaping hole in the rear fuselage and a couple of cracked windows, the plane is in pretty good shape. The museum director says he expects museum attendance to more than triple.

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