Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. 15, 2009. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The U.S. Airways plane that parked on the Hudson River by hero Sully Sullenberger is about to land at its final destination. The Airbus A320 is headed to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. where the museum is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to make it a permanent exhibit.
Flight 1549, with Sully at the controls, was hit by a flock of geese during take off in New York City. It was on its way to Charlotte, but didn't get past the Hudson River where Sully and his co-pilot performed a miraculous water landing. All 155 people on board survived.
On Wednesday, museum president Shawn Dorsch called the plane a major international aviation icon. "People around the world are captivated by this story," Dorsch told Reuters.
The plane is already in Charlotte, but will take several months to reassemble before it is ready for its public close-up.
The exhibit will include lots of other Flight 1549 goodies, including Sully's now retired uniform.