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13 heroic photos of the Hudson River plane crash

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the incredible rescue of Flight 1549

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Six years ago today, US Airways Flight 1549 left La Guardia Airport en route to Seattle with 155 passengers. Just a few minutes into the flight, the plane struck a flock of geese and ditched in the Hudson River near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in midtown. Thanks to veteran pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, dubbed "Captain Cool" by Mayor Bloomberg, and the flight's crew, the plane landed in what is considered the most sucessful ditching in aviation history. Local NY Waterway and Circle Line sightseeing boats were the first on the scene to begin saving everyone on board. Take a look back at the heroic rescue of these very cold and very lucky travelers.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/DavidWatts1978

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Grego

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Jim Davidson

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Dalton

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/newyorkdistrict-usace

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Jim Davidson

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Coast Guard News

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/newyorkdistrict-usace

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Coast Guard News

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Photograph: Robert Herman/REX USA

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Photograph: Robert Herman/REX USA

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rachel Maddow

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Wikimedia/Spyropk

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