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‘Miracle’ Plane Begins Journey To NC Museum From NJ

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(credit: Sean Adams/ WCBS 880)

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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) – The plane that landed safely on the Hudson River more than two years ago is about to begin the slow journey to its final destination.

The US Airways jet has been housed in a warehouse in northern New Jersey since its splash-landing that was dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson.”

An Airbus A320 is a little big to squeeze through a turnpike toll plaza, so the “Miracle on the Hudson” will battle a circuitous back roads route through New Jersey on its way to North Carolina.

The specially made trailer is as long as four city buses and will likely never go over 20 miles an hour. The plane will take about a week to reach the Carolina Aviation Museum in Charlotte.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports: ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Plane Headed To North Carolina

“Over the summer, it’ll be reassembled. It’ll be kind of like the Airbus factory tour for about four months in the museum,” said museum president Sean Dorsche. “And it’ll eventually be reassembled and look like it did when it came out of the water.”

The plane was bound for Charlotte from New York on Jan. 15, 2009, when it struck a flock of geese and lost engine power.

All 155 people aboard survived after Capt. Sully Sullenberger elected to ditch the plane in the frigid Hudson.

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