Boats are converging on a USAirways plane that is mostly submerged in the Hudson River off the West 50’s of Manhattan.
According to Channel 4 television news, the plane, USAirways flight 1549, took off from LaGuardia Airport at 3:26 p.m. was bound for Charlotte, N.C. and had 146 passengers and 5 crew members. The plane, according to the news report, may have hit a flock of birds. The pilot tried to return to the airport when the plane fell into the Hudson.
Television reports show several boats around where the plane is in the water.
One witness interviewed by Channel 4 said he saw the plane decending steadily without its landing gear down.
Some passengers were being taken to the Circle Line piers nearby at West 42nd Street.
A report of a few people that need surgeries to their legs / broken legs. The pilot done an excellent job on a landing like that. He has been a pilot since 1980 with 20,000 hours of flight experience so he definitely knows what he is doing.