Surveillance Video Released of US Airways Plane Landing in Hudson River

The city of New York released surveillance video footage Saturday of the US Airways jet forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River after both its engines failed.

The video, taken from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal piers at West 52nd Street, shows the Airbus 320 skimming the river's surface with a big splash as it lands.

The jet is seen bobbing in the water. Later, passengers stand on its wings waiting to be rescued as boats surround the partially submerged plane.

At one point, a ferry approaches and someone throws life vests to the passengers.

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In another shot, the plane — which is only visible in the air as a black dot — can be seen flying over the city and descending toward the water.

The video was released as investigators battled treacherous conditions to remove the 80-ton plane from the water without damaging it.

They were searching for the plane's left engine, which apparently came off after landing and is missing. The right engine was also initially believed to have broken apart from the jet, but was found still attached late Saturday morning. The visibility in the water had been so bad that investigators weren't able to see it.

Also Saturday, the first 911 call tapes about the incident were released.

One caller was in the Bronx when he reported a jet in flames.

"It's going down. It's on fire," he said. "Oh my god! It was a big plane; I heard a big boom just now. We looked up and the plane came straight over us, and it was turning. Oh my God!"

Another caller phoned after the aircraft landed in the water.

"A-a-a plane had just crashed into the Hudson River," she said. "A US Air big DC 9 or 10 has crashed into the Hudson River, about … in … Oh my gosh!"

All 155 people aboard Flight 1549 — 150 passengers and five crew — survived the crash-landing.

Federal investigators won't speculate on what brought the plane down, but the pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, told air traffic control that birds struck and disabled both the jet's engines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.