Reporting Jessica Kartalija
CECIL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The “miracle” has arrived in Maryland. The US Airways plane that made a splash landing on the Hudson River is rolling through Maryland.
Jessica Kartalija reports the plane is on its way to its final destination.
It isn’t every day you see a US Airways flight down I-95.
Trucker Mike Wilson first caught a glimpse on his way to work.
“I’ve been lucky to be here, fortunately, to see this going on,” Wilson said.
In 2009, the US Airways Airbus, a 320, struck a flock of birds just after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, made an emergency landing into the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew on board survived.
The plane is en route to Charlotte, its original and final destination.
“Most of the survivors live in Charlotte. The crew lives in Charlotte. The plane was destined for Charlotte. It’s really a Charlotte story for us,” said Shawn Dorschi, Carolina Aviation Museum.
People have lined the route as the plane made its way through Pennsylvania and Delaware before arriving here in Maryland.
“In cities and towns, we get down to five miles an hour. On the highway, we are doing about 55,” Dorschi said.
A crew of photographers document every move.
“When we were in Newark, we’ve been getting bad looks because we were holding up traffic,” said Andrew Brzozowski.
The plane is expected to arrive in Charlotte Friday morning.
Due to safety regulations on Maryland highways, the plane must keep up with the flow of traffic. That’s why they stopped in Perryville. It’s unclear as to whether they will resume Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
Captain “Sully” Sullenberger will participate in a special sold out event at the museum on June 11.