Did you guys see this news? First read about it on Twitter, then found it on mainstream news broadcasts.
Air temperature was in the 20s, and water temp. was in the 40s -- chance of survival, considering the elements and the fact the plane was sinking -- seemed to be rather low.
Amazing job done by the pilots of the aircraft to avoid a populated area (and crash in the river), the U.S. Coast Guard, and everyone else involved.
Apparently some flying geese took out both engines!
NEW YORK - 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.
After boats rushed to the rescue, the Federal Aviation Administration said that all passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 were off the plane and safe.
One victim suffered two broken legs, a paramedic said, but there were no other reports of serious injuries.
"We've had the 'Miracle on 34th Street.' I believe now we've had a miracle on the Hudson," New York Gov. David Paterson said in a news conference Thursday evening.
The plane, an Airbus A320 that had taken off minutes earlier from LaGuardia Airport bound for Charlotte, N.C., was submerged up to its windows in the river when rescuers arrived in Coast Guard vessels and ferries. Some passengers waited in water up to their knees, standing on the wing of the plane for help.
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