Salvage experts have been working to raise the crashed US Airways plane from its icy moorings in the New York’s Hudson River.
One engine is still attached to the plane, the other broke off but has been located on the river bed by sonar. The Airbus 320 will eventually be taken away for examination by investigators probing the accident in which all 155 passengers and crew survived. Investigators have been talking to pilot Chesley Sullenberger who radioed air controllers that Flight 1549 had flown into a flock of birds soon after take off from New York’s La Guardia Airport. Kitty Higgins, NTSB member said: “When he looked up, he said the windscreen was filled with birds, and this is after the first officer had spotted them. So it all happened very quickly but the first officer said it literally was filled with big dark brown birds.” With both engines out of action after hitting the bird flock at a 1000 metres the crew have been revealing how quickly things started to go wrong and of their realisation reaching LaGuardia or another airport was impossible. As we now know Flight 1549 safely made a text book landing on water