US Airways Flight Crash Lands into Hudson River, New York

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Friday, 16 January 2009

US Airways flight 1549 was only moments into a flight to Charlotte from LaGuardia when it made a crash landing into the icy water of the Hudson River.

The plane, an Airbus A320, had 150 passengers and 5 crew (two pilots and three flight attendants) on board. No fatalities have been reported although some passengers were treated for injuries, most minor.

The flight was originally scheduled for departure at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The flight's actual time of departure was 3:03 p.m. Eastern Time.

Investigations are now ongoing, however it is believed birds caused the aircraft to experience engine failure leading to the crash water-landing.

Individuals who believe they may have family members on board flight 1549 are encouraged to call US Airways at 1-800-679-8215 within the United States. This number can be reached toll-free from international locations through AT&T's USADirect.

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