U.S. Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Miraculously, all 155 passengers and crew survived. See photos and video of the dramatic rescue and a press conference of New York officials, including NYC Mayor Bloomberg, New York Governor David A. Paterson and others.
***UPDATED on January 17 with new video showing the plane crash landing and subsequent rescue of passengers and UPDATED on February 5 with Flight 1549 audio and transcripts. Scroll down for updates.***
Five minutes after twin jet Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C. took off at LaGuardia Airport, the pilot made a crash landing in the water near the Lincoln Tunnel, somewhere between Piers 88 and 92, near West 48th-52nd Streets (as a point of reference, U.S.S. Intrepid is at Pier 86).
UPDATE: Read about the heroic pilot: Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: US Airways Flight 1549 Pilot (Photos, Video)
The Federal Aviation Administration said “We’ve confirmed everyone got off.” A number of people were injured and taken to New York hospitals on a day that had seen a snow storm in the morning and below freezing temperatures.
The FAA said it was investigating reports that the Airbus A320 plane hit a flock of birds after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia airport. Witnesses saw it make an emergency landing, kicking up a cloud of spray on the river.
More photos: NY Times: Plane Crashes into Hudson
Photos and liveblogging: Gothamist: U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Crashes into Hudson River
Scroll down to see more pictures below. Here is Hudson River plane crash video
UPDATE: New video surfaced on January 17 showing the plane crash landing via Silicon Alley Insider
UPDATE: February 5 – F.A.A. released Flight 1549 Audio, Transcript
Coast Guard video of plane crash
Live MSNBC report
NBC Nightly News report
Press conference video with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NY Gov. David A. Paterson
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