US Airways plane down in Hudson river off New York.

Thursday 15th January, 2009


NEW YORK (AP) — A US Airways plane has crashed into the Hudson River, sending passengers fleeing for safety in the frigid waters.

New York City firefighters are responding to the crash. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries.

Witness Barbara Sambriski, a researcher at The Associated Press, said, “I just thought, ‘Why is it so low?’ And, splash, it hit the water.”

Reuters reports that a small plane carrying more than a dozen people has splashed down intact into the Hudson River near Manhattan.

It quotes witnesses as saying the plane, that WNBC says is a U.S. Airways plane, is floating in the river with survivors standing on the wings awaiting rescue.

WNBC tv shows video of the plane surrounded by ferries apparently attempting to rescue survivors.

Update 3:49 p.m. ET: The Associated Press also reports that the plane is a U.S. Airways plane. There is no report on the condition of the passengers.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press and © 2009 Reuters. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “US Airways plane down in Hudson river off New York.”

  1. coffee said

    I’m glad no one was hurt in the crash, sounds like the pilot did a great job

  2. clubske said

    we think the pilot needs a good cup of coffee now !

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