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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A US Airways plane with 155 people on board went into a chilly Hudson River, apparently after striking at least one bird upon takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, according to officials and passengers.
iReporter Julie Pukelis put a camera in front of a telescope to get this view of the scene in the river.
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Everyone on board was accounted for and alive, officials said. About 15 people were being treated at hospitals and others were being evaluated at triage centers.
Flight 1549, headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.
The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and declared an emergency, a New Jersey State Police source said.
Sources identified the pilot as Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger.
"I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves," said passenger Fred Berretta. "It was quite stunning." If you enjoyed this post Subscribe to our feed