NYC crash drama details revealed

Above: Video of plane crash landing

BBC

Sunday, 18 January 2009

US air accident investigators have given details of the drama aboard an airliner just before it successfully ditched in a New York river.

“We’re going to be in the Hudson,” were the last words the captain said to air-traffic control soon after reporting engine damage from a bird strike.

Flight attendants said they had heard a loud thud and then complete silence after the engines failed.

The operation to raise the semi-submerged plane is continuing.

Investigators are trying to retrieve the Airbus’s flight recorders.

All 155 passengers and crew on US Airways Flight 1549 escaped relatively unharmed from the dramatic crash-landing on Thursday afternoon.

The captain, Chesley B “Sully” Sullenberger, stayed aboard the sinking plane to ensure everyone left safely and has been hailed as a hero. Read more at BBC.


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