It is being touted as The Miracle on the Hudson, a US Airways plane en route from LaGuardia Airport in NYC for Charlotte, NC crashed into the Hudson River and all 155 passengers survived and were pulled to safety. It is being reported that US Airlines Flight 1549 went down minutes after takeoff after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines.
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A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines, but officials said rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank.
There were no immediate reports of any serious injuries.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an experienced pilot, said it appeared the pilot did “a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure everybody got out.” And Gov. David Patterson pronounced it “a miracle on the Hudson.”
Flight 1549 went down minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport for Charlotte, N.C., splashing into the river near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.
“There were eyewitness reports the plane may have flown into a flock of birds,” said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown. “Right now we don’t have any indication this was anything other than an accident.”
“Prepare for impact!” was all the pilot of the US Airways airplane told the passengers before making an emergency landing in the Hudson River Thursday afternoon.