Friday, January 23, 2009

US Airways A320 engine recovered from Hudson River

US Airways A320 engineLate today, the number one engine from the US Airways A320 that ditched in the Hudson River last week was recovered. The engine separated from the aircraft during the emergency water landing on January 15, 2009. The number two engine had remained attached to the aircraft.

Earlier this week, an object believed to be the engine was located through the use of sonar. Divers then confirmed that the object discovered on the riverbed was indeed the A320's missing engine.

An AFP article about the engine recovery quoted a US Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman who said, "The engine has been lifted, put on a barge and is going to the place in New Jersey where the rest of the plane is."

The AFP article went on to say:
Investigators have reported finding "soft body" impacts in the jet's other engine.

The evidence, also including a feather stuck on a wing, appeared to support the belief that the Airbus hit a dense flock of birds before losing power in both engines and crash-landing in New York's Hudson River on January 15.

The rest of the plane was pulled out over the weekend, allowing recovery of the black box flight recorders, which strengthened evidence of a bird-plane collision.
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