Probe Into Hudson River Plane Crash

01.16.09 | FL News Team

National Transportation Safety Board is now beginning its investigation into what brought down US Airways Flight 1549. The twin-engine Airbus A320 crash-landed into the Hudson River yesterday with all 150 passengers and five crew members safely rescued.

The plane is currently located near a pier at Battery Park City after making its water landing near midtown Manhattan. The flight took off from LaGuardia Airport in Queens at 3:36 p.m., Thursday.

About two-miles after take-off, the pilot, Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger the Third, announced to the passengers the plane was experiencing engine trouble and brace for a hard impact. It is believed a bird or birds struck the engine, causing it to go down.  Both engines failed.

The plane came within one-thousand-feet of the George Washington Bridge on its descent.  Sullenberger walked the length of the plane twice after the crash to ensure no one else was left on board. The lead federal agency in the investigation, the NTSB, is expected to make a briefing at some point this morning.