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Lifelike recreation of plane that ditched in the Hudson

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

For those who haven’t yet seen it, the latest animated recreation of the US Airways Flight 1549 emergency ditch in the Hudson River in January is mesmerizing.


A Denver-based company that specializes in accident reconstruction produced a series of 3D animations, including a realistic video of the crippled plane in flight and the view from inside the cockpit as US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger brings the plane down mid-river between the Riverbend apartments and the U.S.S. Intrepid.


Exosphere3D processed audio files and transcripts from the FAA and aligned it with the individual files to create what feels like the real-life adventure, as Sully and controllers on both sides of the Hudson communicate with one another.

Some of those transcripts included later testimony from Sullenberger and some of the other 155 people on board — enabling the artists, for instance, to show that flames and smoke shot from the engines.

Hint: Once you open one of the videos, click the red HD button to get the clearest, most continuous play: Flight 1549 by Exosphere3D .

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