Over on Laughing Squid this afternoon, a headline and an eerie still-frame photo caught my eye and reeled me in to one of the most captivating videos I've seen online: Time-lapse footage of US Airways Flight 1549 submerged in the icy waters of the Hudson River, awaiting the barges and cranes that would eventually lift it up and take it away.
The video, shot by David Martin is, as Todd Lappin wrote on Laughing Squid, "haunting." It's also amazing and beautiful.
More than enough has been said about what happened to that flight and about the heroism of its pilot, Chesley Sullenberger. But perhaps not enough attention has been paid to the fact that that poor airplane, its engines blown to smithereens by Canada geese and its dignity bruised by a belly-flop landing in the river, had to lie, submerged, in the Hudson for days.
As Lappin put it, "Can someone please get that jet a cup of hot cocoa?!"
Meanwhile, the Airbus A320 itself--is now up for auction. If you've got a few spare dollars lying around and the space to put a huge artifact of aviation history, maybe this is for you.
If not, just enjoy watching the video and remember that this was all going on right along the riverfront of an American city just last year.
Correction at 8:55 p.m. PST: This story initially misidentified the author of the Laughing Squid post.