US Airways Flight 1549 Plane Crash Hudson in New York taken by Janis Krums on an iPhone

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    'Miracle on the Hudson' picture taken by Janis Krums

    Video footage here, 2 mins in

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg paid tribute to the pilot of Flight 1549.

    He said: "It woud appear the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and making sure everyone got out." The pilot "walked the plane twice" to ensure all passengers had got out before leaving the plane himself.

    Mayor Bloomberg said the NTSB would be investigating the cause of the accident and would be arriving in New York this evening.

    At the same press conference, New York Governor David Paterson also paid tribute to the US Airways pilot and called the rescue a "miracle on the Hudson".

    In a live interview with a rescued passenger identified as Alberto Panero, CNN's Wolf Blitzer reported that all passengers are safe and that the emergency exit was smoothly handled by US Airways staff.

    When asked about his feelings immediately after the rescue Alberto Panero replied, "It was a near death experience (that) thankfully did not turn that way." Passengers are crediting pilots and crew with averting a potential tragedy.

    TV pictures showed passengers standing on the wings of the plane in the frigid waters. Ferries surrounded the plane, an Airbus A320.

    Flight 1549 information

    For updates on Flight 1549 try the US Airways hot line 1-800-679-8215 Doug Parker, US Airways CEO, is asking that only family and loved ones of passengers use this number.

    Flight 1549, an Airbus A320, was at maximum capacity of 150 seats when it went down, and the total number on board including pilots and crew was 155. As many as 71 people are believed to have been treated for minor injuries at nearby hospitals, including four reported cases of hypothermia.New Jersey Police report that the airliner's pilot signalled a mayday following the bird strike and then was able to fly the plane to the Hudson River and ditched the aircraft. The plane went down near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport enroute to Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday when the crash occurred in the river near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.

    Brown says the plane, an Airbus 320, may have been hit by birds.

    The plane was submerged in the icy waters up to the windows. Rescue crews had opened the door and were pulling passengers in yellow life vests from the plane. Several boats surrounded the plane, which appeared to be slowly sinking.

    Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness).

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    1. Michael.A.Bender 75 months ago | reply

      this picture was seen today in german tv station wdr , too !

    2. digimikek Mike Kentz 75 months ago | reply

      congratulations, nice shot; right time, right place.

    3. heycarrieann331 75 months ago | reply

      I saw your shot on ABC news tonight. Didn't expect to see it here! (Altho, I don't know why.) I just did a search for "flight 1549". I took my students on a field trip to Ellis Island today and put a few shots up on my photostream as well. But NOTHING like this!!! LOL You caught the "money shot"! Thank GOD they were all ok. Thank GOD they had the pilot they had.

      EDIT: I just realized you were not the actual photographer of this shot. So the above message is really to him. But I'm glad it's on flickr.

    4. garageowns 75 months ago | reply

      Amazing escape!

    5. John Cañares (Photo-Graphic) [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      They sure are lucky!

    6. godoguy2001 75 months ago | reply

      I saw it after it happened

    7. st_morris 74 months ago | reply

      Amazing!!! they are really lucky people and a hero pilot.

    8. klikshe 74 months ago | reply

      What a great crew, full of skill and tactics! I salute you guys...

    9. voteforahero 74 months ago | reply

      Check out Never seen Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger video It is awesome!!!

    10. Sparkey95 74 months ago | reply

      Thats a good picture for an Iphone, or is this a picture that you took of another picture from your Iphone?

    11. sawiransaut 65 months ago | reply

      Sebaiknyaperwatan alatrutin di laksanakan

    12. Residentev1 64 months ago | reply

      Awesome !! Pilot skills !!

    13. djreich 63 months ago | reply

      I wanted to let you know we used it in a recent blog post:

      We credited you at the bottom of the post.


    14. (Daithi@Ireland ) [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr's Global Village, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
      nice shot and great pilot

    15. DodgyEye 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Ouch!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. 54 months ago | reply

      Great photo...must've been a heart-stopping moment to take it. Thanks for sharing, we've used it to illustrate a blog post

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