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In pictures: New York plane crash

Passengers stand on the wing of the ditched airliner

A US Airways jet with 155 people on board has ditched in the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan after apparently hitting a flock of geese.

Passengers in an inflatable raft are rescued by ferry boats as a helicopter hovers above

Officials said everyone was rescued, including the 150 passengers and five crew aboard the Airbus A320, headed for Charlotte, North Carolina.

Passengers stand on the wing of the ditched airliner

Most of the passengers huddled on the wings of the plane in freezing weather, waiting to be rescued by police boats and passing ferries.

The A320 plane above the Hudson River

Moments before ditching in the Hudson River, the plane was caught on camera flying low above the city.

A passenger is taken to a ambulance after being rescued from the Hudson River

While none of the 155 people on board was seriously injured, many were panicked and frightened by the ordeal.

Survivors wait on a bus

A few passengers were plucked from the icy waters. Rescuers said they would not have survived for more than five or ten minutes in the 5C (41F) water.

A US Airways plane floats in the Hudson River surrounded by rescue boats

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating reports the plane hit a flock of birds after taking off from New York's LaGuardia airport.

The A320 plane in the Hudson River

The Department of Homeland Security told the BBC there was no indication the incident was security related.

The Airbus 320 being towed in the Hudson River

After the rescue operation was complete, the plane was eventually towed to shore.

Rescue workers watch from the shore

Its pilot has been praised for his skill in making the crash-landing, which some described as near-miraculous.



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