Money is needed to land Flight 1549 back in Charlotte

By Dedrick Russell - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte City leaders say about $250,000 is needed to bring US Airways Flight 1549 back to the Queen City.   The plane miraculously made a splash landing in the Hudson River two years ago.  No was seriously injured.

Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon is helping with the fundraising.

"We are in tough economic times right now," Cannon said. "And so all you can do is make the ask and that's what we'll do."

Cannon believes bringing the plane to the Carolinas Aviation Museum will help boost Charlotte's economy.  He thinks jobs will be created and the plane will lure more conferences and conventions to the Queen city - in particular the Democratic National Convention.

"You always want something that has a family component to it," Cannon said.  "In the way of attractions."

The exhibit will showcase Captain Sully's uniform he wore on that day and organizers are preparing to allow visitors to walk on the wing of the plane.

"When they look down at their feet," Cannon said.  "They are actually looking at it as if they are on the Hudson River. They will have that same general feel.  They will have that illusion."

If you would like to help donate call the Carolinas Aviation Museum at 704- 906-8277 or you can mail your donation to the museum at 4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208.

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