By: Heartland News
NEW YORK (AP) - Officials and passengers are praising the cool-headed US Airways pilot who maneuvered his crippled jet and ditched it in New York's frigid Hudson River. All 155 people on board survived.
The pilot was 58-year-old Chelsey B. Sullenberger III.
Witnesses say the pilot appeared to guide the Airbus A320 down. Bob Read, a TV producer who saw the plane go into the water, says it appeared to be a "controlled descent."
Passenger Joe Hart says after both engines cut out the pilot actually "floated" the plane into the river. He calls the pilot's performance "phenomenal."
Another passenger says it was "a hell of a landing."
Sullenberger describes himself in an online professional profile as a 29-year employee of US Airways. He started his own consulting business, Safety Reliability Methods, two years ago. He also flew F-4 fighter jets with the Air Force in the 1970s.
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4:04pm Update: NEW YORK (AP) - FAA says all passengers and crew on US Airways Flight 1549 are off the plane and safe.
3:33pm Update: NEW YORK (AP) - A government official says the US Airways plane that crashed in the Hudson River near New York City today had hit a bird and two engines were disabled.
The crash sent passengers fleeing for safety in the frigid waters. It's not yet clear if there are any injuries.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration says US Airways Flight 1549 had taken off from LaGuardia Airport on its way to Charlotte, N.C., when the crash occurred.
The plane went down near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.
She says the plane appeared to have hit one or more birds.
It was submerged in the icy waters up to the windows. Rescue crews opened a door and were pulling passengers in yellow life vests from the plane.
Several boats surrounded the plane, which was slowly sinking.
Government officials say there's no indication that the crash is related to terrorism.
3:22pm Update: NEW YORK (AP) - Emergency crews are on the scene of a US Airways plane crash in New York's Hudson River.
New York City firefighters are responding to the incident. Passengers fled the plane, which floated in frigid waters. It's not clear yet if there are injuries.
A government official says the plane may have collided with a bird. That apparently disabled two engines.
A witness says she had noticed the plane was flying low. She said it then suddenly hit the water.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport. It was en route to Charlotte, N.C.
3:07pm Update: NEW YORK (AP) - FBI: No information that NY plane crash was terrorism.
3:06pm Update: NEW YORK (AP) - Government official says 2 engines of plane that went down in Hudson disabled by bird strike.
3:03pm Update: NEW YORK (AP) - A US Airways plane has crashed into the Hudson River next to New York City, sending passengers fleeing for safety in the frigid waters.
New York City firefighters are responding to the crash. It's not clear if there are injuries.
Witness Barbara Sambriski, a researcher at The Associated Press, said she thought, "Why is it so low?" And then, she says, "splash, it hit the water."
Original Story: NEW YORK - A US Airways plane has crashed into Hudson River in New York.
Boats are rescuing passengers.
Story Filed by WCBS in New York: