On January 15, 2009—the same day Gayle King and Mark Consuelos were scheduled to fly out of New York City's LaGuardia Airport to tape The Oprah Show—an outbound flight headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, crash landed in the Hudson River.
US Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia at 3:24 p.m., but minutes later, passengers found themselves knee-deep in frigid water. According to news reports, birds flew into the plane's two engines, causing an explosion. The pilots were forced to make an emergency water landing.
"Applause to the pilots and the crew," Oprah says.
Thankfully, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, the flight's captain, is a former Air Force fighter pilot. "Not only did he land the plane intact...he told Mayor Bloomberg that when everybody was out, he walked up and down the [plane] two times to make sure everybody was out," Gayle says.
"That's a hero," Oprah says. "We're so happy that everyone got out safely."