That’s almost as far as it got.
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FLIGHTAWARE BREAKING NEWS
US Airways flight #1549 (an Airbus A320) from New York, NY (LGA) to Charlotte, NC (CLT) crashed into the Hudson River today (January 15, 2009) around 3:30pm EST, less than six minutes after takeoff. The maximum altitude was 3200 feet before the aircraft began a descent into the water.
Plane appears intact. Helicopters and ferries responding. FAA is reporting all passengers are out of the plane, and a secondary search is underway.
Early unconfirmed reports are that the aircraft hit a flock of geese. CNN reports that a pilot of the airliner reported a bird strike to air traffic control after takeoff.
FlightAware Discussion Forums: Airliner Down
If FlightAware calls the flight USA1549, that’s how I’m going to call and tag it.
More as I can write about it, sitting here at a pharmacy in Cambridge. As of now, it appears that all passengers and crew got out alive. Amazing. Some great piloting there. And a sobering lesson in listening to pre-flight safety pitches.
Reallhy helps that the plane stayed intact (from what we can see). Amazing job landing — actually, ditching — the thing. Wow.
5pm, on FlightAware:
USA1549 (web site) (all flights)
|Aircraft||Airbus A320 (twin-jet) (A320/Q)|
|Origin||La Guardia (KLGA)|
|Destination||Charlotte/Douglas Intl (KCLT)|
|Other flights between these airports|
|Route||BIGGY J75 GVE LYH SUDSY3 (Decode)|
|Date||Thursday, Jan 15, 2009|
|Duration||1 hours 44 minutes|
11 minutes left
1 hour 32 minutes
|Status||En Route (No recent position)|
|Departure||03:04PM EST||03:26PM EST|
|Arrival||04:38PM EST||05:10PM EST|
|Speed||455 kts||153 kts|
|Altitude||36000 feet||300 feet|
Want to get that down before it scrolls away.
How long before video of the plane landing, shot from a ferry or shore, shows up on the tubes?
From a FlightAware post, ship number 106 (N106US, Airbus A320-214, delivered August 2, 1999)
Jumping in the subway now. More later.