Inside Flight 1549: The Miracle on Hudson's Aftermath in Pictures

Days after Flight 1549 splashed into the icy Hudson on Jan. 15, 2009, photographer Stephen Mallon grabbed his camera, and was able to get some spectacular access to the wrecked plane. Here are his pictures.

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Stephen Mallon
Days after flight 1549 splashed into the icy Hudson in January, photographer Stephen Mallon grabbed his camera. He took these never-before seen images.
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The Brooklyn photographer had been longtime friends with the folks at Weeks Salvage, the tow company responsible for pulling the Airbus A320 from the water.
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That's when Mallon got some pretty spectacular access: he was underneath the crane when the Airbus 320 emerged. Mallon described his view of the nose of the plane as "looking at a beached whale."
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Then, before investigators towed the aircraft to Lyndhurst, NJ, Mallon stepped inside. He snapped a picture of a waterlogged tray table (seen here). He saw the seats, where 150 passengers evacuated after Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's "brace for impact" command. And he saw Sully's controls, the antique-looking instruments, which the pilot used to steer the plane into gliding position.
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These images are part of a new show, "Brace For Impact: The Aftermath of Flight 1549."
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The exhibit will run at the Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn until October 11th.
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Only eight months ago, no one could have imagined these images. Now, everyone knows about what Governor Paterson first dubbed "The Miracle on the Hudson."
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Flight 1549, after the miracle.
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An engine is pulled from the icy waters of the Hudson.
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The flight controls.
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The ice around this section of wing shows how cold the Hudson was that fateful day.
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A diver works the fuselage from in the water.
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