US Airways jet crashes into New York's Hudson River

By Jeff Rivenbark - email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A U.S. Airways 320 plane crashed into the Hudson River in New York this afternoon.

According to the FAA, the flight #1549 was leaving La Guardia Airport and was enroute to Charlotte-Douglas International.

According to government officials, the 2 engines of the plane were disabled by a bird strike.

Part of the plane appears to be floating above the water.

There were 135 passengers on the plane.

A passenger on the plane said shortly after the plane took off, there was a loud noise and smoke entered the cabin.  As the plane was returning to the airport, it went down into the water.

An eyewitness on the ground said the plane made slow, calm descent into the water.

Several ferry boats surrounded the plane and emergency crews responded to the scene.  The passengers were able to get off the plane and onto the ferry boats.

Stay with WECT and for more information as it becomes available.