What a day its been here in the AC360° newsroom! Around 3:30pm, I was sitting at my desk, about to eat a late lunch, when all of a sudden on the local news stations here in New York I saw the live pictures of the U.S. Airways plane in the middle of the Hudson River.
I'm used to seeing boats in the river, but not a plane. I live across the river in New Jersey and from time to time I take a ferry on the river to Manhattan. The passengers on Flight 1549 were terrified, and I bet so were the people on ferry boats and other vessels in the river. After all, planes are built to land on runaways; not rivers.
The 155 passengers and crew members rescued today are alive due to the brave actions by the pilot and co-pilot. And, we can't forget the ferries that came to the site to help get everyone to dry land. It was strangers helping strangers. At a news conference this evening, the governor of New York called it the "Miracle on the Hudson."
Tonight the plane is tied up along the river in Lower Manhattan.
The other remarkable twist to this story are the reports that small birds brought down this big plane. We'll dig into that angle and have all the latest developments.
We'll also play part of President Bush's farewell speech tonight to the American people and look at the drama unfolding in Washington ahead of President-elect Obama's inauguration on Tuesday.
All those stories and more starting at 10pm E.T.
Hope you can join us.
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