Second Engine Found in Hudson

FAA advisory warned that plane could stall
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 12:41 PM CST
NTSB inspectors examine the tail section of US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina in Jersey City, NJ, on Monday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The missing left engine from US Airways Flight 1549 was found intact today, the New York Post reports. Sonar scans detected an object of matching dimensions at the bottom of the Hudson yesterday, but choppy currents prevented investigators from confirming their find until today. The engine is being subjected to further scans underwater and will be pulled out when the riverbed settles.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered closer inspections of the engines on the Airbus A320—Flight 1549’s model—two weeks before last Thursday’s accident, Newsday adds. The agency believes the engines are susceptible to stalls, and although there is evidence the Airbus used for Flight 1549 suffered such a stall two days before the water landing, it is not thought to be a factor in the crash.