A US Airways Jet, model A320, crashed into the Hudson River near Manhattan. It is Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport, NYC to Douglas Airport in Charlotte, NC. Cameras caught the plane floating on the Hudson. The pilot of the flight, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, reported a possible bird strike, shortly after takeoff, possibly a flock of geese.
There are 164 passengers on board with 5 crew members. Apparently, the water temperature is in the 30s F.
The plane is completely submerged now:
Earlier, people on the wing:
All passengers and crew have survived.
US Airways A320 Crash – Update – March, 2010
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who as a US Airways pilot guided a stricken aircraft to a safe landing in the Hudson River, will receive the American Spirit Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation on August 28th of this year. Sullenberger, 56, who just recently retired, was a former Air Force pilot and flew F-4 Phantom IIs before he flew commercial jets. In a statement, Sullenberger said though he is retiring after 30 years on the flight line, he plans to continue to advocate for aviation safety and for the profession of airline pilots. “I will work to remind the entire industry — and those who manage and regulate it — that we have a sacred duty to our passengers to do the very best that we know how to do,” he said.