Disaster One, Inc. has been selected to clean and treat artifacts from historic US Airways Flight 1549 in preparation for its display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Conserved – not restored
The Charlotte division of Disaster One will clean and conserve seat cushions, life preservers, slides, doors, and related items recovered from the Airbus A320-214 following what has become known as “the Miracle on the Hudson.” Artifacts have been stored, many still wet, in containers since the incident occurred in 2009. The airframe will be displayed in the same configuration as it was when pulled from the Hudson River, conserved rather than restored to its original condition.
“Before the plane was lifted from the river a substantial amount of mud and silt settled on its contents,” said Joe Bitzan, Disaster One regional manager in Charlotte. “Our charge is to make sure those items are cleaned and properly treated so we can preserve this moment in history for everyone to see.”
RestoreCore, a Pennsylvania restoration company and a Disaster One network partner, did the initial cleaning of the fuselage prior to its relocation. The airframe was then transported to Charlotte, North Carolina, in June 2011. Its “final arrival” will be at the Carolinas Aviation Museum.
About Flight 1549
US Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport in New York City on January 15, 2009, bound for Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Six minutes later it ditched in the Hudson River, disabled after striking a flock of Canada Geese. All 155 onboard evacuated safely and were rescued by nearby watercraft. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger emerged as a national hero after accomplishing what has been called “the most successful ditching in aviation history.”
The entire airframe of the aircraft will be on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, with an expected opening on the third anniversary of the flight in January 2012.