Ah, the Hudson River! It looks so damn majestic as it flows beneath the George Washington Bridge, and it maintains a nice, wide barrier between us and Jersey City. Oh yeah,
and it swallow planes whole. It’s a simultaneously heart-warming and bone-chilling landmark.
In utterly terrifying news, a small plane plummeted into the Hudson yesterday near Yonkers. The Yonkers PD say only two people were on board the aircraft, which hit the
water around 5:20 p.m. Fortunately, both passengers survived the accident and were fished out of the river by local off-duty cops (New York Daily News has pictures of the rescuers here).
The two survivors, an unidentified man and woman, had to float around for 20 to 30 minutes before being rescued; both required treatment for hypothermia.
Of course, this is not the first time travelers have de-planed in the middle of the Hudson. You do remember when US Airways Flight 1549 miraculously landed in the river and then slowly sank while all of its 155 passengers and crew were rescued off the wings, right? (Right? If not, are you okay? Have you bumped your head recently? Did you spend all of 2009 at an isolated meditation retreat upstate?)
Maybe two times isn’t enough to call it a trend, but we’re a little concerned about our friendly neighborhood river’s appetite for planes. When Flight 1549 crashed, it took two days for the wreckage to be retrieved from the water, and months longer for passengers to be reunited with their baggage. The plane from yesterday’s accident has yet to be recovered.
Incidentally, the aircraft from Flight 1549, an Airbus A320, is currently on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in North Carolina; no word yet on whether the museum will try to add yesterday’s aircraft, a Piper PA-32, to their morbid collection.