Plane Crash In Hudson River

A law enforcement official says authorities aren't aware of any deaths from today's plane crash in New York's Hudson River, and that passengers don't appear to be seriously injured. A US Airways plane crashed into the frigid river, after what authorities describe as a bird strike that disabled two engines shortly after takeoff.

It sent the 150 people on board scrambling onto rescue boats. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the flight had just taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport on its way to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the crash occurred in the river near midtown Manhattan.

She says the Airbus 320 appeared to have hit one or more birds. The plane ended up submerged in the icy waters up to the windows. Rescue crews pulled passengers in yellow life vests from the plane, as several boats surrounded the aircraft. A witness said the crash-landing in the river looked like a “controlled descent.'' ^