WINGS made in Chester played a major part in saving the lives of more than 150 passengers on a stricken aeroplane.
The ill-fated US Airways Airbus A320 crash landed into the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York.
And the passengers scrambled out of the cabin and onto the safety of the wings as a massive rescue operation swung into action.
An Airbus spokesperson said: “All wings for all Airbus variants - including the Airbus A320 operated by US Airways involved in the accident last week in New York - are built at Airbus’ Broughton plant.
“We are obviously proud of the wings we produce but we most certainly would not wish to detract attention from the pilot.
“His heroism and experience undoubdedly saved so many lives. Or indeed the speedy and smooth evacuation of all the passengers.”
Former US fighter pilot captain Chesley B Sullenberger steered the stricken passenger jet clear of midtown Manhattan before ditching it in the frozen Hudson River after both engines failed.
Terrified passengers were seen huddled together on the Broughton built wings, waiting to be rescued.
Flight 1549’s black box flight recorder showed the aircraft had reached 3,200ft when both engines failed at the same time after hitting a flock of birds.
Passengers told how they screamed, prayed and scrambled to safety as the plane hit the water at 125mph, minutes after take off from La Guardia.
Capt Chesley B Sullenberger told investigators he was “too low, too slow” and ditched in the river to avoid a “catastrophic” smash.
Investigators will now inspect the US Airways Airbus 320 winched out of the water over the weekend.
It was hoisted on to a barge where the damage from impact was evident. Its top half seemed unscathed but a wide gash on its underbelly revealed the force with which it landed.