US Airways plane crashes into Hudson River; all passengers safe

A US Airways plane crashed into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday after striking a bird that disabled two engines, sending 150 on board scrambling onto rescue boats, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that all passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 were off the plane and safe. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport enroute to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the crash occurred in the river near 48th Street in New York City. Brown said the plane, an Airbus 320, appeared to have hit one or more birds.