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Just moments ago, a plane crashed into the middle of the Hudson River between midtown Manhattan and Weehawken, N.J.
The FAA confirms it was US Airways Flight 1549. The Airbus A320 took off from LaGuardia Airport just after 3pm E.T. and was headed to Charlotte, North Carolina.
155 people were on board the plane, including 5 crew members. Everyone on board was rescued. Let me repeat that: Everyone on board was rescued.
Just seconds after the plane hit the water ferry boats were on the scene to help passengers escape the plane. Keep in mind the water temperature in the Hudson River is 41° F. The rescued passengers are bundled in blankets now on dry land.
Alberto Panero, a passenger who escaped the plane, tells CNN the pilot told everyone on board to "brace for impact" just seconds before they hit the water.
Another passenger tells us it was a smooth landing, as smooth as you can get on water.
According to the N.J. State Police , the pilot declared an emergency in flight and a "bird strike".
My fellow writer, Cate Vojdik, did a web search and discovered that bird strikes in flight are more common than you might think.
Check out these web sites she found:
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