Crews hoist US Airways 1549 engine from Hudson River
The destroyed engine of US Airways flight 1549 has been pulled from the Hudson River today, after eight days of trying to get it out.
The crews used a floating plane to put the engine on a barge and the engine itself is wrecked, with metal and wiring hanging off it and most of the outer shell is missing.
The engine is now being looked at by the National Transportation Safety Board so that they can get a better idea of what may have happened.
New York Police Department and New Jersey State Police harbor officers working with a federal sonar expert on Tuesday located an object 16 feet long and 8 feet wide on the river floor, near where Flight 1549 made its emergency landing Jan. 15.
Divers confirmed Wednesday that the object was the Airbus A320's engine.
Then salvage crews began the tedious work of rigging cables and securing the engine to secure it for movement from the frigid river. The engine didn't appear to be leaking any oil or fuel, though water gushed out as it was lifted.
The Charlotte, N.C.-bound plane splashed down in the river after hitting a flock of birds and apparently losing power in both engines shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.
All 155 people on board survived.