Via the New York Times:
A US Airways jetliner with 148 passengers and 5 crew members plunged into the icy Hudson River on Thursday afternoon five minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, and a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said everyone on board escaped safely.
According to Mayor Bloomberg at the press conference, the pilot did a great job landing the plane on the Hudson and of making sure that no one was still on the plane. He was the last one to get out. I got down there about an hour after the crash, and things seemed to be taken care of. And it was wicked cold!
According to witnesses, the plane did a belly flop, and the explosion of water was “like a volcano”.
The plane is still floating. Amazing that it’s in such good shape..
UPDATE: Suitably Flip links to more info about the heroic pilot, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger