After the miracle landing in the Hudson River, we said “Find that Bird.” Tonight, the NTSB says they have it! This is another testiment to the greatness of America, where investigators work for long periods doing detailed crash analysis so we save lives in the future.
The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his flight crew were the first heroes of this event. Now the investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are my heroes, along with other experts they use.
The NTSB says this investigation could take a year.
Samples of the bird material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis….
John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia
A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near the wing of the US Airways airplane which crashed in the Hudson River, where the aircraft is secured and awaiting removal, in New York, January 16, 2009.REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)
Investigators said Wednesday they have found the remains of what may be a bird in the engine of the US Airways jet that made a dramatic landing in New York’s Hudson River. The National Transportation Safety Board said an examination of the Airbus 320‘s right engine revealed evidence of “soft body damage” and that “organic material” was found in the engine and on the wings and fuselage.
Samples of the material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis, the board said.
By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer
A single feather was found attached to a flap track on the wing and will be examined by experts at the Smithsonian Institution.
The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, reported a “double bird strike” and a loss of power in both engines before gliding the plane to an emergency river landing last week. All 155 people on board the flight to Charlotte, N.C., survived.
The board also reported Wednesday that….
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Jersey City, N.J. The jet was moved Sunday night from the southern tip of Manhattan where it was lifted out of the icy Hudson River. The Airbus A320 crash landed in the Hudson last Thursday after hitting birds and losing thrust in both engines.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)