An Airbus A320 US Airways aircraft that crashed into the Hudson River on Thursday and was towed to the West Side of Manhattan for further inspection is surrounded by ice Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Miraculously, all 155 people on board survived.
An Airbus A320 US Airways aircraft that crashed into the Hudson River on Thursday and was towed to the west side of Manhattan for further inspection is surrounded by ice Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in New York.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NTSB, and salvage workers converse near the submerged wreckage of in preparation to remove the A320 Airbus from its makeshift mooring.
A Task To Be Done
A crane to be used to move the sunken Airbus 320 is moved past the Statue of Liberty Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.
A cold front had brought frigid air to New York City, with temperatures sinking to 9 degrees on Friday, as evident by the ice surrounding the downed aircraft in the Hudson River on Saturday morning.
Federal investigators said Saturday that the right engine of US Airways Flight 1549 is still attached to the plane, contradicting their earlier statements that it broke off after the aircraft hit the water. An NTSB spokesman said the water was so murky earlier that authorities could not see the engine.
As darkness fell, the wreckage remained submerged in the icy waters off lower Manhattan, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.
Crane In Place
By late evening, crews began to lift the 80-ton aircraft.
Water pours out of a compartment as a crane moves the plane from its mooring along a lower Manhattan seawall to a barge.
The rear view of the Airbus being raised.
US Airways Flight 1549 is lifted from the waters of lower Manhattan onto a barge.
After being placed on the barge, the aircraft will be transported to a hanger for examination. Still missing: An engine, resting somewhere on the bottom of the Hudson River.
Data and voice recorders were both recovered from the Airbus A320. They were transported to Washington where they will be analyzed by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The badly-damaged wing and engine of the US Airways Airbus A320 are visible Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, in New York.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Fire Department examine the aircraft wreckage while resting on a barge, Jan. 18, 2009, in New York.
The Journey Continues
The aircraft will be moved to an undisclosed location for inspection by National Transportation Safety Board investigators.