In a remarkable escape, passengers and crew of a stricken US jet had to scramble out onto the wings after it was forced to crash-land on the Hudson river. It is believed there were 155 people on board. All were taken off the plane safely in what witnesses say was a miracle.
The pilot of the US Airways Airbus has been described as a hero for bringing the plane down safely onto the very cold and fast-flowing river between Manhattan and New Jersey. The flight was en route from New York’s La Guardia airport bound for Charlotte in North Carolina. It is thought it was struck by a flock of birds. Immediately the pilot tried to return to the airport but with both engines out of action, he was forced to crash-land after both engines were knocked out. The aircraft managed to float for some time while nearby ferries and emergency service helicopters rescued the passengers. An investigation has been started.