Passenger jet crashes into Hudson river

US Airways flight 1549 floats in the Hudson River.
US Airways flight 1549 floats in the Hudson River.

NEW YORK (AP) - NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says police divers had to rescue some passengers from underwater after a jetliner carrying 155 people crashed in the Hudson River.

Bloomberg says he has spoken with the pilot and a passenger who claimed to be the last one off the plane.

All passengers survived.

The mayor said, "It would appear that the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river, and then making sure everybody got out."

Bloomberg says most of the rescued were picked up right away and put on police, Coast Guard and ferry boats.

He says divers pulled a few passengers from underwater.

Flight 1549 went down minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport for Charlotte, N.C., splashing into the river near midtown Manhattan.


"Thank you for joining us so quickly. US Airways flight 1549 has been involved in an accident. The Airbus A320 was en route to Charlotte from LaGuardia with 150 passengers on board. The flight was operated with a crew of five (two pilots and three flight attendants). Our preliminary report is that everyone is off the plane.

We have activated our 'US Airways Care' team of specially trained employee volunteers to assist those affected by this accident. Individuals who believe they may have family members on board flight 1549 may call US Airways at 1-800-679-8215 within the United States. This number can be reached toll-free from international locations through AT&T's USADirect(R). To contact an AT&T operator, please visit for USADirect(R) access codes.

Others are asked not to call this number so the lines can be kept available for those who truly need them. It is premature to speculate about the cause of this accident. Out of respect for those affected by these events, we would ask that you, the media, 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 with the NTSB, local, state and national authorities and answers will emerge in the course of the investigation.

I will be heading to New York shortly. 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.

In closing, safety is, has been and forever will be our foremost priority. All of us at US Airways are committed to determining the cause of this event and to assist in every way possible in preventing a similar occurrence."

Parker made his statement before departing for LaGuardia. He will join the US Airways Care Team, which is already en route to look after the needs of those involved in today's accident.

US Airways will continue to release information as it becomes available. Please monitor for the latest information. (LCCG)

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