Miracle on the Hudson Response Recovery

What happened during the Miracle on the Hudson?

On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549, operated by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III and five crew members, took flight from LaGuardia airport in New York City and left for Charlotte, North Carolina. Approximately two minutes into the flight, the jetliner flew into a flock of geese. This unexpected Canada geese bird strike caused severe fuselage damage and an almost complete loss of thrust.


The flight crew was unable to restart the engines. After making a critical decision to return to the LaGuardia airport, Captain Sullenberger informed air traffic controllers that they would head back in the direction the plane came from but continued to descend rapidly. Realizing the plane wouldn’t be able to make it back to the airport in time, the captain decided to attempt an emergency water landing on NYC’s Hudson River. Capt. Sullenberger was able to land the N106US airbus and its passengers safely. Although the Airbus a320 was severely damaged, there were no fatalities, and all of the passengers and crew were able to exit and return home.

Who did R3c support?

The R3c consultants were waiting on shore even before the passengers exited the plane in order to provide support for the impacted passengers and crew aboard US Airways flight 1549 immediately following the plane’s emergency landing on the Hudson.

Why is behavioral health support important after workplace trauma?

Surviving a plane crash landing is a traumatic life event. R3c responders were called in to provide immediate critical incident response and disruption support by organizations that had employees on board the flight. Knowing that these employees would be forever changed and impacted by this miraculous event in aviation history, it was of the utmost importance that they received immediate attention and behavioral healthcare tailored to the unique circumstances of such a shocking crash landing.

What was the impact of R3c’s disruptive event management?

As a result of R3c’s support, the passengers of the Hudson River landing had the behavioral and employee mental health support they needed to board planes and fly home to their various home states and cities — something they may not have been able to do without the behavioral health support of R3c’s consultants alongside them. After experiencing such a scary near-death experience on what they thought would just be a normal flight, many were terrified to get back on a plane, especially in such a short amount of time after the event occurred. Understandably, many had deeply felt the impact of the jarring landing on both an emotional and physical level.


Though plane landings like the Miracle on the Hudson don’t happen every day, events like it will continue to happen. Don’t wait till the unexpected occurs to navigate how you will support your people when an immediate response is needed.


Talk to us today to learn more about how you can prepare for disruptions of all sizes with R3c’s tailored support solutions.