U.S. Airways plane goes down in NY Hudson River

January 15, 2009

(Chattahbox) — A U.S. Airways plane has crashed into the Hudson River, sending passengers fleeing for safety in the frigid waters.

The plane was semi-submerged in the icy waters up to the windows, and New York City firefighters, federal transportation officials and an armada of boats were responding to the accident. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries but reportedly now all passengers have gotten off safely.

Rescue crews had opened the door and were pulling passengers in yellow life vests from the plane. Several boats surrounded the plane, which appeared to be slowly sinking.

US Airways Flight 1549 was reportedly flying from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina before it crashed. The plane is an Airbus A320.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the plane may have been hit by birds and a Government official says 2 engines of the plane were disabled by a bird strike  and was trying to return to the ariport when it ditched in the water .


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