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Disabled jet ditches into NY river; all rescued

  Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. ...
 This video frame grab image taken from WNBC-TV shows a US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. 15, 2009...
  Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. ...

APTOPIX New York Plane in River

Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. ...

New York Plane in River

This video frame grab image taken from WNBC-TV shows a US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. 15, 2009...

APTOPIX New York Plane in River

Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. ...

A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River in full view of New York City office towers on Thursday after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines.
Officials said rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank.
One victim suffered two broken legs, a paramedic said. Paramedics treated at least 78 patients, most for minor injuries, fire officials said.
New York city's 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, North Carolina.
The Airbus A320 put down in the Hudson River, which runs between New York and New Jersey, near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan. Hundreds watched the rescue from their office and apartment windows.
Some passengers stood on a wing of the plane, in water up to their knees, waiting for help. The air temperature was around 20 degrees (minus 6.7 degrees Celsius).
Police drivers had to rescue some of the passengers from underwater, Bloomberg said. Among those on board was one infant who appeared to be fine, the mayor said.
Helen Rodriguez, a paramedic who was among the first to arrive at the scene, said she saw one woman with two broken legs. Fire officials said others were evaluated for hypothermia, bruises and other minor injuries.
The pilot reported a "double bird strike" less than a minute after taking off, said Doug Church, a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Union.
Passenger Jeff Kolodjay of Norwalk, Connecticut, said he heard a single explosion two or three minutes into the flight. He said looked out the left side of the plane and saw one of the engines on fire.
"The captain said, `Brace for impact because we're going down,'" Kolodjay said. He added: "It was intense. It was intense. You've got to give it to the pilot. He made a hell of a landing."
Witnesses said the plane's pilot appeared to guide the plane down. Bob Read, a television producer who saw the crash from his office window, said it appeared to be a "controlled descent."
Coast Guard boats rescued 35 people who were immersed in the frigid water and ferried them to shore. Some of the rescued were shivering and wrapped in white blankets, their feet and legs soaked.
US Airways CEO Doug Parker confirmed that 150 passengers, three flight attendants and two pilots were on board the jetliner.
An official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing identified the pilot as Chelsey B. Sullenberger III. A woman answered and hung up when the AP asked to speak with Sullenberger's family in Danville, California.
Sullenberger, 58, described himself in an online professional profile as a 29-year employee of US Airways. He started his own consulting business, Safety Reliability Methods Inc., two years ago.
The Federal Aviation Administration says there were about 65,000 bird strikes to civil aircraft in the United States from 1990 to 2005, or about one for every 10,000 flights.
"They literally just choke out the engine and it quits," said Joe Mazzone, a retired Delta Air Lines pilot. He said air traffic control towers routinely alert pilots if there are birds in the area.
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Associated Press writers Eileen Sullivan and Michael J. Sniffen in Washington; Richard Pyle, Adam Goldman and Deborah Hastings in New York; and Harry R. Weber in Atlanta contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-11 19:31 GMT+08:00