YIKES! Plane flights can be very scary these days. Today, a US Airways flight plunged into the Hudson River after a bird reportedly flew into the engine. The crash happened just minutes after take off from Laguardia Airport.
A US Airways jetliner with 148 passengers and 5 crew members plunged into the icy Hudson River on Thursday afternoon five minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, and a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said everyone on board escaped safely.
He said that a co-worker watched with binoculars as the people on board made their way onto both of the plane’s wings.
“The plane was totally intact,” Mr. Duckworth said. “Everybody thought it was a sea plane. I kept trying to tell them no.”
“Actually it looked like everybody was really calm, like on the subway platform when it’s really, really crowded, and everyone’s standing shoulder to shoulder,” he said. “Everyone was standing right up against each other on the wings.”
“I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves,” passenger Fred Barretta said. “It was quite stunning.”
Kudos to the flight crew, who did a fantastic job of landing the plane safely and getting the passengers out. What a way to start your day, scary.