Thursday, January 15, 2009

FAA: crashed plane hit geese

Eyewitnesses say the flight 1549 appeared to glide into the river after hitting birds. Adam Weiner told CNN that the under carriage hit the water first. He said ferry boats arrived very quickly while other spoke of difficulties in getting through to emergency services. The incident occurred at around 15:30 local time after being in the air for only 6 minutes. The departure time was logged at 15:26. Bird strikes are said to be a huge problem in the New York area and according to the FAA preliminary investigations point to a strike by geese. Only minor injuries have been reported with four people said to be suffering from hypothermia after falling into the water measuring around 32 degrees Fahrenheit, 0 degrees Celsius. Flights are meanwhile continuing to leave from La Guardia airport.

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