NEW YORK — An Airbus A320 flight en route from LaGuardia to Charlotte, N.C., went down in an emergency landing in the Hudson River, apparently after striking a flock of birds that disabled the plane’s engines, according to authorities.
US Airways Flight 1549 had 146 passengers on board and 5 crew members. Amazingly, no deaths or serious injuries were reported. The most serious injury appears to be broken legs on one passenger.
The plane took off from LaGuardia at 3:11 p.m. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the flight had just taken off when the crash occurred in the river near 48th Street in Midtown.
The city’s police and fire departments along with the Coast Guard responded to pull scared passengers from the wreck, some of whom were standing on the wings of the plane. Ferries around the plane were also dropping life jackets for people in the water.