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Miracle on Hudson: All Survive US Plane Crash in New York

January 15, 2009
Aaman Lamba

The new year, which has already given us much shock and awe, delivered a note of relief when all 155 passengers and 5 crew members were rescued from US Airways Flight 1549 which crashed minutes after take off from New York's La Guardia Airport, en route to Charlotte, NC.

The Airbus A320 plane had barely gained altitude from the relatively short runway at La Guardia when an engine appeared to blow and the pilot warned passengers to brace themselves. He was able to land the plane into the nearby Hudson river, albeit with a thud. The evacuation appears to have gone well, with all passengers exiting the craft quickly and safely. Nearby boats and ferries rushed to rescue the bedraggled passengers, on one of the coldest days of the year, with temperatures around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The investigation will reveal what may have gone wrong, but a FAA spokesperson indicated it could be due to various reasons, including a flock of birds being sucked into the engine, although such incidents were rare. The pilot reported a "double bird strike" and the plane had reached an altitude of 3200 feet before being forced to descend. Given low visibility and the shape of La Guardia's runway, the pilot would have had little time to respond to a flight of birds as he took off from the airport.

Passengers were being treated for hypothermia. Executives from Bank of America and Wells Fargo-Wachovia Bank were on board, as the banks are headquartered in Charlotte, the plane's destination.


Aaman Lamba is the Publisher of Desicritics.org, a Blogcritics network site. He also blogs, more infrequently nowadays, at Audit Trails Of Self
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