US Airways Plane Crashes in Hudson River- Boat Rescues Passengers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: Official says no deaths or serious injuries reported

A law enforcement official says authorities aren't aware of any deaths from today's plane crash in New York's Hudson River, and that passengers don't appear to be seriously injured.

A US Airways plane crashed into the frigid river, after what authorities describe as a bird strike that disabled two engines shortly after takeoff.

It sent the 150 people on board scrambling onto rescue boats.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the flight had just taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport on its way to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the crash occurred in the river near midtown Manhattan.

She says the Airbus 320 appeared to have hit one or more birds.

The plane ended up submerged in the icy waters up to the windows. Rescue crews pulled passengers in yellow life vests from the plane, as several boats surrounded the aircraft.

A witness said the crash-landing in the river looked like a "controlled descent."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Posted: 3:07 PM Jan 15, 2009
Just moments ago a A US Airways plane crashed into the Hudson River next to New York City, sending passengers fleeing for safety in the frigid waters.

New York City firefighters are responding to the crash. It's not clear if there are injuries.

Witness Barbara Sambriski, a researcher at The Associated Press, said she thought, "Why is it so low?" And then, she says, "splash, it hit the water."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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