US Airways Flight 1549 skidded to a stop on the Hudson River and then sank to the bottom.
Nobody died in the crash and the survivors are starting to get their drowned belongings back:
The reunions have been occurring, one by one, for the last couple of weeks. The doorbell rings and an unfamiliar face presents boxes filled with personal belongings. Many of them are ruined, but all are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and snuggled in sheets of fabric softener, as though their owners had died.
But their owners, the 150 passengers who rode US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River four months ago, are, of course, very much alive, and for each of them, it seems, there has been at least one item that matters far beyond its material value and is worth the unsettling memories its return arouses.
Lori Lightner’s strongest attachment was to her favorite pair of jeans. For Tracey Wolsko, it was the Our Lady of Lourdes medallion her husband had bought for her at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Carl Bazarian was happiest about recovering a set of car keys with the remote button to unlock the doors.
We love the amazing recovery of belongings and memories rescued from the bottom of the Hudson River and we realize how strange it must be to have delivered what was otherwise thought lost forever.
We are reminded of our mortality in the morality of our mementos.