On the Radar: Miracle plane to Charlotte, salt-seeking satellite, Arab-American meet
The plane's wings and tail were removed for the trip to North Carolina.
June 10th, 2011
06:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Miracle plane to Charlotte, salt-seeking satellite, Arab-American meet

Three things you need to know today.

"Miracle on the Hudson" plane: The US Airways Airbus 320 that Capt. Chesley Sullenberger safely put down in the Hudson River in January 2009 arrives at its new home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday.

The jetliner, minus its wings and tail section, was at a weigh station in Surry County, North Carolina, overnight before beginning the final leg of its journey from a warehouse in Harrison, New Jersey. It is expected to reach its new home at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte between 11 a.m. and noon Friday, according to a museum Twitter posting.

Among those who got a chance to see the aircraft Thursday were two of the 155 passengers and crew aboard when Sullenberger set the Airbus down in the Hudson after its struck birds and lost power upon departing LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, on a flight to Charlotte.

"Seeing the plane, I think it's overwhelming. Full circle. You think about all the emotions. You think about how fortunate you are," survivor Denise Lockie told CNN affiliate WFMY.

"This airplane crashing in the river and staying afloat for 23 or 24 minutes, long enough for us all to get off, is an amazing miracle." survivor Beth McHugh told the Greensboro TV station.

Sea salt satellite: NASA is set to launch a satellite Friday, starting a three-year mission to help better understand climate change.

NASA says it will launch the Aquarius/SAC-D Sea Surface Salinity satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

For the next three years, the Aquarius satellite will look back at Earth and generate monthly maps of sea salt movement, data that are crucial to the understanding of global climate change and ocean currents.

The project will give scientists the information they need to better predict El Nino and La Nina tropical climate patterns in the Pacific. Until now, such research has been limited to ship and buoy instrumentation.

Arab-American conference: The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, which bills itself as the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the U.S., begins at three-day conference in Washington on Friday.

The conference, with the theme “Defining Our Role in a Changing World,” features speakers including consumer advocate Ralph Nader, comedians Dean Obeidallah and Ahmed Ahmed, political and academic figures and a performance by the New York Arab Orchestra.

Topics up for discussion include the current "Arab Spring" uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. foreign policy and Arab-American identity.

The organization says the conference is the country's largest gathering of Arab-Americans.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. unowhoitsme

    A statue of Captain Sully should be put up in his honor...not some generic plane. There's nothing special about this plane. It was the pilots and the crew members.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      If the plane didn't have the ability to float, then you could have the best pilot in the world at the controls and he wouldn't be able to do s**t.

      The plane does serve as a statue to the captain. Not everyone feels the need to have their face on a statue and he didn't seem like the type who enjoyed all of the attention!

      June 10, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tansar

      Anne, people like you just like to criticize. Even if plane has capability to float or not, what do you think if pilot had landed on ground? No one would be alive.
      It was the pilot who decided and landed it on water perfectly so that it does not explode or break or disbalance. He is the one to bring it to the position so that it can float for a while.
      Learn to appreciate!

      June 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Blahman

      Actually, he could have landed on the ground if there was space available Tansar. They were initially trying to fly to a small airport across the river. They can glide and keep the aircraft very level as long as they still have a decent air speed (even without engine power) to remain in flight. He realized he would not be able to glide to the airport and decided to use the river as runway instead.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dystopiax

    Place into a photograph Search Engine the term =Wawa Ontario=. These are the real heroes, coming in on a wing and a prayer.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Seriously?

    Although it is an aviation museum, I agree with @unowhoitsme, What I want to know it the amount of money it is costing to truck this thing from NJ all the way down to Charlotte!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Blahman

      They move stuff bigger than this all the time including stuff that weighs half a million pounds.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brad

    They should have flown it! No reason it still can't fly.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Andre L.

      It's wings were severed when the plane was rescued from water.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Blahman

      The engines were destroyed when it hit the geese and would cost money to replace the engines. The nose and the wings were damaged upon impact in the water making the plane not aerodynamic and would cost money to repair. If they repaired the plane, then they would put it back in service not in a museum.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Garsneezo

    I wish they'd stop calling it a miracle. It was excellent piloting that landed it, and excellent engineering that kept it afloat long enough for people to get off. These are the good works of people, not magic.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Thank you! Finally someone that understands that planes are not designed the way they are on accident... The plane actually would have stayed afloat much longer if the passengers in the back listened to instructions and hadn't opened the back exits.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Monkeyman

      I agree! Yours is the most poignant comment about this article. It is becoming harder and harder to watch CNN and keep a straight face when they constantly appeal to this nonsense.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |

      You got the wrong "m" word. It was a miracle, not magic!

      June 10, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkB

      I'm with you. Miracles to me are when people stand back and lo & behold a divine force produces inexplicable results. The state of grace in this situation is the exquisite lifetime training of the pilot, a well-trained crew, and the engineering of the plane.. all human achievements. Goes to show the value of experience and skill. Combine that with some lucky breaks like smooth water and the guys on the ferries who did their thing when they saw what was going down and the results were breathtaking. Heros yes, miracle no. What really is a miracle is the level of achievement humans are capable of when they work hard and do the right thing.

      June 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cem onur

    I hate it when people refer to that incident as "miracle". miracle had nothing to do with it. that's what an experienced, well trained pilot is supposed to do. sully is one of the best that we have and he did what he had to. stop calling this a "miracle" you morons, you are downplaying and disrespecting an amazing person and a hard earned well deserved achievement that is the sole result of his ambitious and meticulous training that took him a life-time.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This is PR at work.
    In order for the media and a museum to give the public something they can understand, it's easier to attribute it to God's doing the impossible. That makes more money than just reporting that the expert pilot did a wonderful job.
    It also implies that if other people learned to do jobs well and worked hard instead of praying, they, too, would have the responsibility to do wonderful jobs.
    Hence, religion and miracles.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik-Shanghai

      Joey-Bravo-They always give thanks to that invisible white man in the sky(who was really a dark skinned Semite and Jewish oh that was his son,forgot) that looks down and see's everything-actually I think that he or she is sleeping most of the time being tired collecting all the money the enlightened send or give to his earthly collectors, priests rabbis and ministers

      June 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Captain Sully is a real hero. The guy has guts, skill, and he is an excellent pilot.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. smokin11


    June 10, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Peralta

    Why are people always trying to take God out of the equation.
    Don't you realized that God has assigned a guardian angel
    to each and every human being?


    Also many thanks to Pilot Sully and Crew for the excellent and heroic
    carrying out of their duties. Maintaining calm under great pressure.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Well, if that is true and God does assign an angel to each human being, what was Hitler's doing during his reign of terror? Or Pol Pot's?

      June 10, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • boltman

      Damn i must have lost my guardian angel..or maybe he got his training from a goverment program and is basically incapable of being useful?

      June 10, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik-Shanghai

      where is your god in Sudan,Rawanda the Holocaust, Bosnia, guess he or she was out to lunch

      June 10, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Erik-Shanghai – He's right there with the people. He bears their pain right along with them, and will comfort them in their time of need if they seek Him. By the by, if humans are the most evolved species on the planet, why do we have you?

      June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garsneezo

      We're not trying to take your god out of the equation, it's you who is trying to shove him in. Captain Sully and his crew, and the engineers who designed the plane, they did really just fine without any gods. I always find it reinforces my world view when I note that a world without any gods looks exactly the same as a world with any god, including yours.

      June 11, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jenny H

    My husband just called going to work on I77 just north of Charlotte and there are lots of people lined up to see the plane go by!! I think it is great that people can honor the good things in our lives!!

    June 10, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Erik-Shanghai

    How absurd Nasa launching a weather satellite when 192 nations signed the Keyoto accords on Global warming and only two nations the US and Afghanistan have not signed it. This is an agency that should be dissolved, America is melting away and we waste Billions in space. We are a doomed nation but then again I-Phone 4 and I pad 3 will be out soon so it will distract us from the reality which many Americans refuse to accept we will be the richest third world country

    June 10, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Absolutely. How dare we try to understand a very important part of the global weather cycle. How utterly wasteful it is of NASA to put hardware into space to try to understand and predict weather phenomena that affect the entire world.

      June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Do you have a clue as to how many items we take for granted were developed because of the space program ? No, I don't suppose you do

      June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. johndz

    This plane should have stay in NY... on the Intrepid.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Canadian guy

    That was an awesome landing, great job Captain!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Erik-Shanghai:
    Thank you for noticing my comment, and thank you even more for thinking, which is not popular.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
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