NY jet engine, likely bird matter, feather found

All 155 passengers and crew aboard Flight 1549 heading to Charlotte, North Carolina, survived.

NY jet engine, likely bird matter, feather found

The missing engine from an ill-fated US Airways jetliner that ditched in New York's Hudson River was found on Wednesday in the water as new evidence, including a feather found on a wing, backed the early theory that birds caused the near disaster, officials said.

The left engine was discovered in 50 feet of water near the spot where the crippled Airbus A320 glided to a splashdown moments after takeoff from LaGuardia airport last Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement.

All 155 passengers and crew aboard Flight 1549 heading to Charlotte, North Carolina, survived.

Crews hope to recover the engine on Thursday.

Investigators completed an initial examination of the right engine, which did not separate from the wing, and found evidence consistent with crew reports that the plane struck a flock of birds, immediately disabling both engines at a height of more than 3,000 feet.

Investigators said engine components were damaged, some severely, and suspected bird matter was found inside the engine, on the wings and the fuselage.

A feather was also found on a wing, officials said.

The suspected bird material was sent to the Agriculture Department for DNA analysis. The feather was sent to scientists at the Smithsonian Institution for identification.


Reuters

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