January 16th, 2009
08:16 PM ET

Wait, the other engine's gone, too?!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/16/art.mattingly.jpg caption="CNN's David Mattingly on a Coast Guard boat by New York's Battery Park in front of the downed plane."]
David Mattingly | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

The biggest surprise today from the investigation of the "Miracle on the Hudson" is that BOTH engines of the crippled Airbus 320 are missing.

Originally we heard only one had been sheered from the jet's left wing. But divers today confirmed that indeed both engines are gone.

A Coast Guard crew gave us a quick ride to where the plane is secured. You can see in the photograph behind me, there isn't much to look at. Ice was forming under one wing that is rising up above the water.

One inflatable rescue ramp is still attached and floating. But most of the plane is submerged. This is a problem.

The NTSB investigators can't retrieve the black boxes (located underwater in the rear of the aircraft) until salvage crews lift the damaged jet onto a barge. That is supposed to happen tomorrow.

Until then, this is all we get to see.

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  1. john Stansell

    God Bless Capt sully and his co pilot an the cabin crow !

    January 17, 2009 at 12:17 am |