A US Airways plane carrying nearly 150 passengers and five crew members crashed into the Hudson River earlier this afternoon. Miraculously, all on board escaped safely.
The plane, which took off from LaGuardia Airport five minutes before it descended into the icy waters below, was a twin jet Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, N.C., the New York Times reported:
According to the Fire Department of New York, initial reports from the aviation agency said they thought that a flock of birds had hit the engine and caused the crash."It made this huge, gigantic splash, and I actually thought it was a boat crash at first," said Fulmer Duckworth, 41, an employee at the Bank of America who watched the incident unfold from the 29th floor of his building at West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. "It didn't occur to me that it was a plane in the water."..."The plane was totally intact," Mr. Duckworth said. "Everybody thought it was a sea plane. I kept trying to tell them no."
Thank God everyone is OK!
(photo courtesy Reuters)