January 16th, 2009
08:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Plane's Engines MIA

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/01/16/hudson.plane.crash/art.battery.gi.jpg caption= "The disabled Airbus A320 is nearly submerged Friday as it is moored near New York's Battery Park City."]
Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight we'll have the latest developments on the plane that plunged into the Hudson River. We learned today that the Airbus 320 is missing both engines. They are somewhere on the river bottom, apparently they fell off after impact on the water.

The engines are vital to the investigation. We'll tell you what will be done to retrieve them.

We also have new details on the heroic pilot who landed the plane on the river. C.B. "Sully" Sullenberger spoke with both President Bush and President-elect Obama today. And his wife spoke to the media, calling her husband "a very humble guy."

She also talked about the call she got from him after the splash landing. "When he called and said there had been an incident. You know I thought he had,you know, run into something in the parking lot out of the airport," said Lorrie Sullenberger.

Tonight we'll also show you what Capt. Sullenberger may have faced inside the cockpit. 360's Gary Tuchman strapped himself into a flight simulator to get a sense of what it might have been like on U.S. Airways Flight 1549.

And, don't miss John King's CNN exclusive interview with President-elect Obama, four days before the inauguration. They cover everything from his date with history to whether he'll keep his blackberry and how his kids are taking it all.

Those stories and more tonight on AC360°.
Join us at 10pm ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. sabrina gold

    I agree with bob marker, why not a mesh metal type screen in the front of the engine that maybe detracts after the aircraft has reached a level where the birds are not that high? Fans in vehicles are protected by our radiator and the car still runs. so some type of screen and and maybe even it's own sonar noise connected along the motor to warn the birds as the one they use on the ground. nothing is impossible with our technology right?

    January 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  2. Alberta Joh

    I am a single African American mom. This week I have witnessed two miracles. One is the outstanding work of the pilot and crew of Flight 1549 where 155 passengers were saved!! That is known as teamwork and unity. Something we don't always see!! The second is the first African American president. This year will be my 60th birthday and what an honor it would be to see the crewmen of Flight 1549 being honored and up on the stand with the newly elected President Obama. These are truly historical events that will forever be remembered!! A .A. Joh

    January 17, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  3. john Stansell

    God bless capt sully his co pilot and cabin crow. God had been whit them all !

    January 17, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  4. Randy - Deadhorse, Alaska

    US Airways immediately announced a fee increase: $15 for the first bird-strike and $25 for the second.

    January 17, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  5. c pettersen

    I agree about the co-pilot. Kudos to the co-pilot as well.....

    January 17, 2009 at 6:14 am |
  6. Earl Hintz

    Screens were used on military jets for a while. The trouble with screens is two-fold. First is they restrict the air flow needed for the intake of the jet engine. Second any thing hitting the screen can be held on the screen due to the suction from the engine. The military gave up the screens as far as I know.

    Yes it takes two people, a pilot and a co-pilot. Who do we blame in government when something goes wrong? The top guy, Who gets blamed when a plane crashes and lives are lost? You guessed it, the Pilot.

    I personaly think that both did a tremendas job on the crash.

    January 17, 2009 at 1:25 am |
  7. Rene Horstmann

    maybe the captain should be the captain of air-force one...

    January 17, 2009 at 1:12 am |
  8. justin moon

    Its so wonderful that all those people survived. Its sad though that crashing a plane in the Hudson River is now safer than shopping on black friday.

    January 17, 2009 at 1:03 am |
  9. Lam

    We call the "Man of Honor"

    January 17, 2009 at 12:20 am |
  10. Keith

    The A320 aircraft engines hang from the wings and extend below the bottom of the aircraft, therefore the engines would be the first part of the aircraft to touch the water. They are designed to break off under under extream pressure. This feature is designed to save the wing.

    PS when giving prase to the pilot..please don't forget the rest of this amazing crew...First Officer and Cabin Crew they are a team....

    January 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  11. Tammy

    yes kudos to Captain Sully. What about the Flight Attendants? I've been a Flight Attendant for ten years. Do you know how much goes into our training to evacuate an aircraft? Every time we take off, we are to sit in our jumpseats and crash the airplane in our minds. same with landing. That helps us prepare for a real crash. We are tested every year on our drills and emergency equipment, and must pass our ground training with a 90% every year. Please never forget how important our jobs are the next time you fly. It's our job to make sure you get out those exits in 90 seconds. But I do praise that captain. We have so much respect for our pilots. Together we all do our best to take care of you guys.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  12. LaReina

    Everyone worked together, no one panicked. If McCain had won, would this have happened the same way? Maybe... and maybe not. We've all been in such a good mood over Obama it was evident in everyone involved in the "miracle on the Hudson" – cool head do prevail!

    Ms. LaReina

    January 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  13. JQQQ

    I'm kind of bored with this story. sorry

    January 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  14. Thomas Sinno


    While I understand your praise for the Pilot of Flight 1549 ....... You have missed a very important point... That is the plane was not flown by the pilot himself. HE HAD A CO-PILOT.

    I do not have a background in fight.. i can guarantee he is a major part of reviewing and taking part in decisions made during those decisions made. While the Pilot sees 180 Degrees... The Co-Pilot sees the other 180 Degrees.. Then together a good decision is made IT's Called TEAM WORK...

    Kutos also to the Co-Pilot whoever he is!!!!


    January 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  15. Bob Marker

    Maybe this is too simple, but if birds pose such a threat to air travel, why can't the jet engines be fitted with some kind of screen, grill or filter to prevent birds from getting sucked it? Seems like a no-brainer!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Brian Tourville

    Pilots use Flaps to control ' Glide Ratio ' – ' Rate of Descent and to ' Scrub Off ' Air Speed – setting up the ' Type of Landing ' – in this case a ' Splash Down '.

    A properly executed ' Flare ' can stop the plane in the air allowing almost a ' Drop in Place ' landing – rather than a long Runway Style landing.

    The last moments nose pull up enhances the Full Flaps to ' Stall ' the forward motion – we see Birds use this technique when landing quickly .

    Pilot accomplished this ' Drop in Place' style Landing
    avoid a catapulting & cart wheeling Wing stress break_up of main frame .

    From all descriptions of the the ' Final Splash Down ' :

    This Pilot has the Innate Sensibilities of a Gifted Falcon.

    Good Hunting Sulley !

    January 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Tracey

    My concern regarding yesterday's plane crash was the cause and the probability of it being repeated. It is my understanding the the geese population is growing and poses a threat to passenger air travel. I wonder what plans the FAA has to address this danger in our airspace.

    January 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Trena

    This is a touching story. This proves that miracles still happen!

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Annie Kate

    It will be interesting to see what the pilot had to contend with mechanically and instrument wise, knowing that he also was feeling the weight of responsibility for the 155 souls on his plane. John King's interview with Obama ought to be really good too – maybe he'll tell us some of what he is planing to do about the economy....and that second half of the TARP funds.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm |