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NTSB hearing on Hudson River crash

Passengers stand on the wings of a U.S. Airways plane after it landed in the Hudson River in New York, Jan. 15, 2009. (By Brendan McDermid/Reuters).

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public meeting at its Washington headquarters Tuesday on the investigation into the January 2009 accident that resulted in a U.S. Airways jetliner landing in New York's Hudson River.

According to a statement, the meeting will determine the probable cause of the accident and consider recommendations to reduce future occurrences. NTSB investigators found organic material in an engine of the plane that corroborated crew accounts of a collision with birds, a flock of Canada geese, shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center at 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW. The NTSB will also have a live Web cast of the hearing on its Web site.

The incident made the plane's captain, Chesly "Sully" Sullenberger, and crew instantly famous, as images of the water landing quickly became viral. Sullenberger was lauded for making a textbook landing under difficult conditions.

"Miracles happen because a lot of everyday things happen for years and years and years," National Transportation Safety Board member Kitty Higgins told the Associated Press after the accident. "These people knew what they were supposed to do and they did it, and as a result, nobody lost their life."

Flight 1549 was carrying 150 passengers and a crew five. Five people suffered serious injuries.

-- Staff and wire reports

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports , Transportation Politics  
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