January 19th, 2009
07:22 PM ET

Passengers report scare on earlier US Airways Flight 1549

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/01/19/hudson.plane.folo/art.planehoist.ny1.jpg caption="Crews successfully hoist the wreckage of US Airways Flight 1549 out of the water on Saturday. "]

Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
CNN Special Investigations Unit

Two days before US Airways Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River, passengers on the same route and same aircraft say they heard a series of loud bangs and the flight crew told them they could have to make an emergency landing, CNN has learned.

Steve Jeffrey of Charlotte, North Carolina, told CNN he was flying in first class Tuesday when, about 20 minutes into the flight, "it sounded like the wing was just snapping off."

"The red lights started going on. A little pandemonium was going on," Jeffrey recalled.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. EJ (USA)

    So that’s indicating a pre-existing issue that wasn’t fixed ? Why

    In this country – anything that has pre-existing conditions is brushed off, forgotten about, discriminated against.

    January 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  2. KIm

    So that's indicating a pre-existing issue that wasn't fixed ? Why ? What will happen if that's proved ? The financial crisis and we're short on safety and cutting corners we shouldn't be ?

    January 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    If this plane is the same one as the one in the Hudson River then there were 2 sets of very lucky people. And if both situations were caused by bird strikes then why this year are there two bird strike issues serious for the news to pick up on them when most years you don't hear about them at all??? I'm just glad there were two very capable pilots on board each flight so a tragedy was averted each time.

    January 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  4. Cindy

    You would think that after the first scare where the passengers heard several loud noises that they would have grounded the plane to check out the engines to see what occurred. I mean to risk other peoples lives like that is crazy. I don't care how much they would lose for grounding the plane. It's better to be safe than sorry. Thanks to Sully they are not having to be sorry and are not going to have to pay out millions to the passengers families who could have possibly been killed.


    January 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm |