Plane Down in Hudson River; All Are Safe
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 3:26 PM CST
Passengers stand on the wing of the US Airways jet as rescuers converge.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – All of the US Airways passengers aboard a jet that went down in the frigid waters of the Hudson River off Manhattan are reported to be safe, the New York Times reports. Flight 1549 apparently flew into a flock of geese, disabling at least one engine, according to MSNBC. Authorities quickly reported that terrorism was not suspected, and no casualties were immediately reported.

“I just thought, ‘Why is it so low?’ And, splash, it hit the water,” a witness told the AP. Police divers were dropped into the water near the Airbus A380, which left LaGuardia airport for Charlotte, NC, at 3:26pm with 146 passengers and five crew members on board. The aircraft was floating southward in the river as passengers crowded onto the wings. The air temperature in New York today is in the teens.