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Left Engine missing from downed plane
The left engine is missing from the US Airways Airbus A320 that splashed down in the Hudson River on Thursday afternoon, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board investigating the accident said Friday.
In addition, the transportation board member, Kathryn O. Higgins, said it was not clear if the right engine was still on the wing either, because it is submerged.
“The left engine is not there; it’s somewhere,” Ms. Higgins said. "We’ve got to go find that.”
While investigators were gathering details of the accident, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg praised the efforts of the pilot, Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III, 57, and the dozens who came to the immediate aid of the dazed passengers during a City Hall news conference.
All 155 people aboard the medium-size jet escaped the frigid waters safely because of the pilot’s quick thinking as well as the swift and coordinated efforts of rescue personnel who converged on the crippled aircraft.
After the passengers and five-member crew were removed from the debilitated plane, it was towed with the swift current downriver, intact, and moored to a bulkhead at Battery Park City , where it still rested on Friday morning with the left wing and tail sticking out of the water.
We have come to expect miracles from America. In many cases they have been realized. We have become a beacon for the best around the world. We must maintain our desire to improve, and find ways to export our greatness.