UPDATE: Official says no deaths or serious injuries reported
NEW YORK (AP) - A law enforcement official says authorities aren't aware of any deaths from today's plane crash in New York's Hudson River, and that passengers don't appear to be seriously injured.
A US Airways plane crashed into the frigid river, after what authorities describe as a bird strike that disabled two engines shortly after takeoff.
It sent the 150 people on board scrambling onto rescue boats. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the flight had just taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport on its way to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the crash occurred in the river near midtown Manhattan.
She says the Airbus 320 appeared to have hit one or more birds.
The plane ended up submerged in the icy waters up to the windows. Rescue crews pulled passengers in yellow life vests from the plane, as several boats surrounded the aircraft.
A witness said the crash-landing in the river looked like a "controlled descent."
Read more from CNN: Miraculous landing in the Hudson.
NEW YORK (AP) - Emergency crews are on the scene of a US Airways plane crash in New York's Hudson River.
New York City firefighters are responding to the incident. Passengers fled the plane flight #1549, which floated in frigid waters. It's not clear yet if there are injuries.
The plane is sinking. Two passengers told CNN that all passengers got out safely through exit and emergency doors. Ferries are surrounding the plane and believed to be picking up passengers.
A government official says the plane may have collided with a bird or flock of birds. That apparently disabled two engines. That has not been confirmed. There are no indications at this point that it was a security threat.
A witness says she had noticed the plane was flying low. She said it then suddenly hit the water.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport. It was en route to Charlotte, N.C.