NEW YORK (WPIX)—Passengers on New York Waterway harbor cruises have always been schooled on the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Now, there's a new addition to the itinerary: the site of "the miracle on the Hudson."
The 90-minute tour costs $26 for adults and $15 for children. It now features the story of the heroic U.S. Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's landing on the river on January 15 after his airplane's engines went haywire by geese. As a result of his efforts, all 155 passengers on board the aircraft survived. Tourists cruise over the spot where Sully landed US Airways Flight 1549, as they learn about New York's other main attractions.
Tourists are treated to a video presentation at the end of the tour, featuring TV news footage and pictures from the day of the aptly-dubbed "miracle." It highlights the bravery of the New York Waterway workers who were among the first to reach the scene of the accident and start rescuing people. According to New York Waterway spokesman Pat Smith, the workers rescued 142 passengers that day
Despite the recent collision over the Hudson between a small plane and a Liberty Tours helicopter, which killed all nine people on board the two aircrafts, Smith believes that most tourists still see the Hudson in a positive light.
Smith said they decided to include Sullenberger's story in the tour because tourists were repeatedly asking about the "miracle" landing.
"The miracle on the Hudson has become part of the New York story," Smith said.