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US Airways Plane Crashes Into Hudson River, but All Aboard Survive

A US Airways Airbus 320 crashed into the icy waters of the Hudson River Thursday, apparently after birds struck the engine, but rescuers were able to pull more than 150 passengers and crew to safety. Reporters covering the story provide details on the crash.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    The airliner accident and rescue operation in New York's Hudson River.

    A short time ago, Doug Parker, the chairman and CEO of U.S. Airways, made this statement about the crash.

    DOUG PARKER, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Airways: U.S. Airways is confirming passenger and crew names and will issue those as soon as possible. At this point, no additional details can be confirmed.

    Our preliminary report is that everyone is off the plane and accounted for. We have activated our U.S. Airways care team of specially trained employee volunteers to assist those affected by this accident.

    It's premature to speculate about the cause of this accident. Out of respect for those affected, we would ask that you also resist the temptation to speculate.

    The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the probable cause, with our complete support and the support of many others.

    Further, we are working with and will continue to cooperate fully the NTSB, local, state, and national authorities, and answers will emerge during the course of that investigation.

    Right now, we're working to care for those who have been touched by this accident. Members of our airline family will come together with these families to help however we can.

    I'm on my way to New York shortly. In closing, safety is, has been, and forever will be our foremost priority at U.S. Airways. All of us at U.S. Airways are determined to determining the cause of this event and to assisting in every way possible and preventing a similar occurrence.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    For more on what happened, we have Dean Meminger, a reporter for the television service New York 1, and Ken Belson, metro reporter of New York Times online.

    To you first, Ken.

    First of all, thank you for being with us.

  • KEN BELSON, The New York Times:

    Sure.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Now, let's go through this from the beginning.

    The plane took off short — from La Guardia airport. It was an A-320 Airbus, correct?

  • KEN BELSON:

    Correct, yes.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    And it…

  • KEN BELSON:

    And left at around 3:26, headed north, and then started banking to the west, and then turned south down the Hudson River. It's unclear when. So, we're told birds entered the engines on both sides of the plane.

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