Superb British (from ooop North) aircraft design and engineering helped save everybody in Hudson River crash
The US Airways A 320 Airbus Flight 1549 that took off from La Guardia for Charlotte .NC., had a bird strike (Canada geese ?) and was attempting to land back at LG. The pilot and crew did a great job in a forced water landing - the plane did not break up and the passengers could be evacuated from the wings..
The Airbuses are the only passenger planes that can re-land immediately with a full fuel load - other planes need to dump fuel becuase the wing / undercarriage structures are not strong enough for them to land with a ful fuel load.
The Rib that supports the wing in the Airbus' is the longest, strongest and most precisely machined piece of metal in the world.
It was made about 5 miles away in Middleton - but production has recently moved because the Government pulled out of the Airbus consortium.
PS : The composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner has still not flown ... many are beginning to believe it never will.