It was the event that turned Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger into a national hero and now the plane involved in the Miracle on the Hudson crash will be up for sale. The plane, which faced certain doom when birds flew into the engines on January 15, 2009 is up for auction. US Airways Flight 1549 ended in the Hudson River and the Airbus A320-214 was later lifted from the water. It ended up in a salvage yard in Kearny, New Jersey. Chartis Insurance, a division of AIG, is managing the auction which is open to the public and scheduled to end on March 27. The plane is not exactly flight ready, the wings are separate from the fuselage and the plane has severe water damage and still bears the impact of the crash. It has been treated with a corrosion inhibitor but has been otherwise untouched for months. The engines aren't part of the deal. The plane is being auctioned as salvage but might also attract trophy seekers interested in buying the plane and then parceling off segments to collectors. One potential problem to discourage that is that the buyer must move the plane by April 10 or take over the storage bills. The auction listing complete with pictures is here.
[via AV Web]