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Plane makes emergency landing on Hudson River | Bellevue plane crash attorney


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1/15/2009
Andrew Kim
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A US Airways Flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, NC made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York when both engines struck a flock of birds just after take off from La Guardia Airport. and apparently disabled them.

The skillful pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III of Danville, California was able to bring the airplane down to a relatively soft landing on the water without flipping the plane or breaking into pieces.  The intact plane actually floated long enogh for the passing ferries and rescue teams to assist in getting all 155 on board safely off the airplane.

One passenger suffered two broken legs according to a paramedic but there were no other reports of serious injuries except for hypothermia, bruises and other minor injuries.  An infant on board also appeared to be fine.
The plane crash took place on a 20-degree day, one of the coldest of the season in New York. The Coast Guard said the water temperature was 36 degrees.  Good thing there was such a quick response time to the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration says there were about 65,000 bird strikes to civil aircraft in the United States from 1990 to 2005, or about one for every 10,000 flights. 



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