Miracle on the Hudson

The Extraordinary Real-Life Story Behind Flight 1549, by the Survivors

Publisher: Ballantine Books
In this heart-stopping tale, the passengers of the Hudson River crash landing evoke in compelling detail the terrifying explosion as both engines were destroyed, the violent landing on the river, and the thrill of their rescue from the wings and from rafts. Jay McDonald, a thirty-nine-year-old software developer, had survived brain-tumor surgery just two years earlier and now faced the unimaginable. Tracey Wolsko, a nervous flier, suddenly became other people’s rock: “Just pray. It’s going to be all right.” As the plane started sinking, Lucille Palmer, eighty-five, told her daughter to save herself: “Just leave me!” Featuring moments of chaos and stoicism, fortuitous mistakes and quick instincts, Miracle on the Hudson is the chronicle of one of the most phenomenal stories of recent years, one that could have been a nightmare and instead became a stirring narrative of heroism and hope.

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Chapter One


Come Fly with Me

New York awoke that thursday morning in january to a storybook scene— Manhattan in a snowstorm; the flakes whipping almost sideways through the skyscraper canyons and a bright coat of white blotting out all of mankind's gray. Storybook, that is, if you were...
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PRAISE FOR

“Stunning . . . Open this book and you will not close it until you reach the last page.”—Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Shooting Stars and Friday Night Lights

“An extraordinary drama seen through the eyes of ordinary people.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Absorbing, inspirational . . . a detailed, moment-by-moment account of the accident and its aftermath . . . Anyone who remembers the dramatic . . . event will be riveted.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“William Prochnau and Laura Parker bring to the passengers’ impassioned accounts of survival the old-fashioned values of the finest gumshoe reporters.”—Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer