155 passengers and crew are rescued from the icy Hudson River in New York. One passenger suffers two broken legs, but no other serious injuries are reported.
Reporting from New York — After a stricken US Airways jet made an extraordinary emergency landing in the Hudson River on Thursday, a flotilla of commuter ferries, water taxis and other boats plucked all 155 passengers and crew — many shivering as they stood on the plane’s wings — to safety in as little as five minutes.
It was the charmed culmination to what could have been a tragic flight after the Airbus A320 lost power over New York and glided into the icy river.[ad#co-1]
“I believe we’ve had a miracle on the Hudson,” Gov. David Paterson said of the landing, executed by a veteran pilot who runs a safety consulting business on the side.
US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte, N.C., when federal officials said it might have flown through a large flock of Canada geese, sucking some into its engines. As it dipped down near the George Washington Bridge and skimmed south along the edge of Upper Manhattan, scores of people watched in horror from nearby high-rises.