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Search Continues Following Hudson River Crash

August 10, 2009

New York police are continuing a search of the Hudson River for the last two bodies from a midair collision between a plane and a helicopter which killed all nine passengers on board.

From the AFP:

“The priority today is the victim recovery operation. There were seven victims that were recovered and two that remain unrecovered,” Debbie Hersman, from the National Transportation Safety Board, said on NY1 television.

The NTSB is leading the probe into Saturday’s accident in which a light airplane carrying three people smashed into a sightseeing helicopter with six people aboard, five of them Italian tourists.

The collision took place over the Hudson between Manhattan and New Jersey at around midday in full view of crowds enjoying the riverside sunshine.

The aircraft and bodies quickly disappeared underwater.

The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the water Sunday in a search hampered by dangerous diving conditions in the murky, fast-flowing river.


Probe Begins in US Airways Crash

January 16, 2009

Investigators are making preparations to pull the crashed US Airways jetliner out of the Hudson River and begin a probe into the cause of the crash.

From the Washington Post:

Investigators positioned a giant marine crane and a barge at the site in Lower Manhattan where the Airbus A320 lies largely submerged in the river, tethered to a pier until it can be hauled out for detailed inspection. The barge sat beside the downed plane, of which only the tail section and one wing were visible above the water.

Meanwhile, investigation teams led by the National Transportation Safety Board gathered at a downtown hotel to plot out the initial phase of the investigation. Authorities have not yet announced the cause of the crash, but preliminary indications were that it probably hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte.

In a news conference to honor first responders, as well as the five-member crew of Flight 1549, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the prompt and efficient rescue effort showed “the indomitable spirit of our city,” adding, “No matter how bad things get, New Yorkers can get through anything.”

“This is a story of heroes,” he said. “This is something right out of a movie script.”

Bloomberg said he was holding onto a golden key to the city to be awarded to the plane’s crew until he can present it personally. He said the captain, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, is enjoined from speaking publicly about the accident while the NTSB is investigating. Sullenberger, co-pilot Jeff Skiles and three flight attendants not yet publicly identified have been widely hailed for their actions in ditching the plane safely in the frigid waters of the Hudson and safely evacuating the 150 passengers.

US Airways Flight Crashes in Hudson River

January 15, 2009

US Airways flight 1549 has crashed into the Hudson River, sending passengers into the freezing water looking for safety. MSNBC just announced that all passengers have been accounted for and have survived. Unbelievable!


Credit: Reuters

From the Associated Press:

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport enroute to Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday when the crash occured.

Brown says the plane, an Airbus 320, may have been hit by birds.

New York City firefighters are responding to the crash. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries.

Witness Barbara Sambriski, a researcher at The Associated Press, said, “I just thought, ‘Why is it so low?’ And, splash, it hit the water.”

From the New York Times:

Boats are converging on a USAirways plane that is mostly submerged in the Hudson River off the West 50’s of Manhattan.

According to Channel 4 television news, the plane, USAirways flight 1549, took off from LaGuardia Airport at 3:26 p.m. was bound for Charlotte, N.C. and had 146 passengers and 5 crew members. The plane, according to the news report, may have hit a flock of birds. The pilot tried to return to the airport when the plane fell into the Hudson.

Television reports show several boats around where the plane, an Airbus A320, was in the water. New York Police Department divers dove into the water to assist with the rescue as plane floated southbound on the river, possibly due to the tidal direction.


Credit: Reuters

The divers were dropped into the water from helicopters overhead, police officials said. Some passengers were able to free themselves from the plane. They could be seen on the exterior in televised reports.

Some passengers being plucked from the frigid water were being taken to the Circle Line piers nearby at West 42nd Street. It was less than 20-degrees in New York City at the time. Fire and police rescue crews were rushing to the water.

One witness interviewed by Channel 4 said he saw the plane decending steadily without its landing gear down.


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.

FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the crash occurred in the river near 48th Street in New York City.

The plane, an Airbus 320, took off at 3:26 p.m. and went down minutes later, Brown said.

“There were eyewitness reports the plane may have flown into a flock of birds,” Brown said. She added, “right now we don’t have any indication this was anything other than an accident.”

A passenger who identified himself as Jeff told NBC News the engines blew about 3 minutes into the flight. “Fire started blowing up,” he said. “I thought we would be able to circle around, but the captain said ‘brace for impact.’ … I think the captain did a helluva job.”

Associated Press

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