The "Miracle on the Hudson"

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus 320, flying from LaGuardia Airport, New York City to Charlotte, NC was ditched in the Hudson River within six minutes after take off. All 155 passengers safely evacuated the aircraft. It was later determined that the airbus struck a migratory flock of Canada geese during its initial climb out, resulting in immediate and complete loss of thrust from both engines. For the first time, a commercial airline was destroyed as a result of a collision with Canada geese.

The 10-year old Airbus A320 had a recent history of engine problems. Two days earlier, on January 13, 2009, passengers flying the exact same aircraft following the identical route reported a series of loud bangs, and nearly forced an emergency landing at Newark International Airport.

DNA analysis of feathers obtained from the aircraft's engines was performed by the Smithsonian institute, and revealed that the geese involved in the crash most closely resembled migratory Canada geese originating from Labrador, Canada, and were significantly different from feathers collected from New York City's resident Canada goose population.