Editor's Note: CNN's Rick Sanchez interviews an eyewitness directly after the plane went down in the Hudson River.
Rick Sanchez: This is Ben on the phone. Are you on the New York side or New Jersey side?
Ben (eyewitness): New York. I'm at 48th street and Broadway.
Rick Sanchez: What do you see?
Ben: I'm in an office building on the 25th floor. A short time ago, I saw what looked to be a small commercial plane flying south making a gradual landing. I saw it hit the water. It made a big slash. It went into a view where I couldn't see, but I did see it hit the water at a very gradual angle. It appeared not to have landing gear engaged. This was bigger than a puddle jumper or sea plane. It was a silver aircraft and it basically just hit the water.
Rick: The landing or crash landing or splash landing, a controlled landing, no big problems? Describe the landing to us. Was it a controlled landing or whether you saw anything about it that was unusual.
Ben: I didn't know what pilots are trained to do and not do. But if someone's going to land a plane in the water, this seemed the best possible way to do it. The way they hit it was very gradual. A very slow contact with the water that it made. Again, I did not see whether it sank or remained on the surface of the water. It was a very slow, calm, if you will, contact.
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