All Safe as US Airways Plane Crashes Into Hudson River in New York
A US Airways jetliner with 155 people aboard lost power in both engines, canada goose coats on sale possibly from striking birds, after taking off from La Guardia Airport on Thursday afternoon.
What might have been a catastrophe in New York one that evoked the feel if not the scale of the Sept. 11 attack was averted by a pilot’s cheap Canada Goose quick thinking and deft maneuvers, and by the nearness of rescue boats, a combination that witnesses and officials called miraculous.
On board, the pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger III, 57, unable to get back to La Guardia, had made a command decision to avoid densely populated areas and try for the Hudson, and had warned the 150 passengers to brace for a hard landing.
As the first ferry nudged up alongside, witnesses said, some passengers were able to leap onto the decks. Others were helped aboard by ferry crews. Soon, a small armada of police boats, fireboats, tugboats and Coast Guard canada goose black friday sale craft converged on the canada goose replica scene, and some of them snubbed 2018 canada goose outlet up to keep the jetliner afloat. Helicopters brought wet suited police divers, who dropped into the water to help with the rescues.
Over the next hour, as a captivated city watched continuous television reports and the Hudson turned from gold to silver in the gathering winter twilight, all of the passengers, including at least one baby, and both pilots and all three flight attendants, were transferred to the rescue boats a feat that unfolded as the white and blue jetliner continued to drift south.
When all Canada Goose sale were out, the pilot walked up and down the aisle twice to make sure the plane was empty, officials said.
Brought ashore on both sides of the river, the survivors were taken to hospitals in Manhattan and New Canada Goose Parka Jersey, mostly for treatment of exposure to the brutal cold: 18 degrees in the air, about 35 degrees in the water that many had stood in on the wings up to their waists.
Still, most of them walked ashore, some grim with fright and shivering with cold, wrapped in borrowed coats. But others were smiling, and a few were Canada Goose online ready to give interviews to mobs of reporters and television cameras. Some described their survival as a miracle, a sentiment repeated later by city and state officials; others gave harrowing accounts of an ordeal whose outcome few might have imagined in such a crisis.
Even the aircraft was saved for examination by investigators towed down the Hudson and tied up at Battery canadian goose jacket Park City. In the glare of floodlights, the top of its canada goose store fuselage, part of a wing and the blue and red tail fin jutted out of the water, but its US Airways logo and many Canada Goose Jackets of its windows were submerged.
“We’ve had a miracle on 34th Street,” Gov. David canada goose outlet toronto factory A. Paterson said at a late afternoon news conference in Manhattan. “I believe now we’ve had a miracle on the Hudson. This pilot, somehow, without any engines, was somehow able to land this plane, and perhaps without any buy canada goose jacket injuries Canada Goose Coats On Sale to the passengers. This is a potential tragedy that may have become one of the most magnificent days in the history of New York City agencies.”
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that there had been few injuries and that the pilot had done “a masterful job.”
W. It headed north, across the East River and over the Bronx on a route that would involve a sweeping left turn to head Followers us south. But both engines lost power about a minute into the flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board canada goose outlet store locations and state and local buy canada goose jacket cheap agencies are to investigate the cause of the crash, Canada Goose Outlet which could take months, but early indications canada goose clearance were that the plane’s engines had shut down after having ingested a flock of birds variously described as geese or gulls. It was not clear where the birds were encountered.
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The pilot radioed air traffic controllers on Long Island that his plane had sustained a “double bird strike.” Without power, returning to the airport was out of canada goose the question, aviation experts said.
Aviation experts said such a maneuver is tricky. An angle canada goose clearance sale of descent that is too steep could break off the wings and send the aircraft to the bottom. Witnesses in high rise buildings on both sides of the river described a gradual descent that appeared to be carefully controlled, almost as if the choppy surface of the Hudson were a paved tarmac.
Susan Obel, a retiree who lives on West 70th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in a 20th floor apartment, saw the plane flying amazingly low. canada goose coats “When you see a plane somewhere that it isn’t supposed to be, you get that eerie feeling,” she said. “I didn’t think it was a terrorist, but I did worry.”
On the plane, passengers heard the pilot say on the intercom, “Brace for impact.” One passenger, Elizabeth McHugh, 64, of Charlotte, seated on the aisle near the rear, said flight attendants canada goose deals shouted more instructions: feet flat on the floor, heads down, cover your heads. “I prayed and prayed and prayed,” she said.
“As soon https://www.getcanadagooseoutlet.ca as the plane hit the water,” he said, “I could see the New York Waterway ferries from New York York and the Jersey side, within a minute, heading toward the airplane.”
The aircraft began to spin counterclockwise in the water and to drift south with the current.
“As soon as we hit, we all jolted frontward and sideways, and then the water started coming in around my feet,” Ms. McHugh said. She got up and was pushed along the aisle and out an exit, then slid down an inflated slide into a life raft.
One of the passengers who scrambled out onto the wing was Jeff Kolodjay, 31, who had been in Seat 22A in the rear. He said that after the emergency doors were opened, the plane began to take on water. In what he described as “organized chaos,” the passengers, all wearing life vests, “just walked through the water” toward the exits.
“We were just looking to be calm, and walking a straight line,” he said.
Dozens of survivors were taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. Jim Mandler, a spokesman at Roosevelt, said 10 patients, Canada Goose Online ranging from their early 30s to a woman about 85, had been treated, mainly for hypothermia. A flight attendant had suffered a lacerated leg.
At the Weehawken ferry terminal, passengers shivered under blankets. A woman on a stretcher was carried from the terminal to an ambulance, a dazed look on her face.