Missing engine of flight 1549 found in Hudson river

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New York, Jan 24: Rescue workers have found the missing left engine of US Airways flight 1549 from the murky waters of the Hudson River, more than a week after the jet made a miraculous splash-landing.

The rest of the airplane is now in New Jersey after being recovered last weekend, the Daily News reported.

Wires were sticking out of the engine and part of the outer shell looked like it had been stripped off, but officials said it didn't appear to be leaking any fuel or oil.

Thomas Creamer, a spokesman for the US Army Corps of Engineers, said getting the engine, which weighs between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds, was treacherous work.

"Even today, as the river's current came up, the divers had to come out of the water because it was just running too fast," said Creamer.

Pilot Sullenberger told the tower that he lost power in both engines after hitting a flock of geese before he landed the Airbus A320 in the water on Jan. 15, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have already recovered what's believed to goose remains from the right engine of the plane.

They expect to find more "organic material" in the 16-foot-long, 8-foot-wide left engine, which was first spotted in 65-feet-deep water on Wednesday.



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