U.S. aviation officials released audio recordings on Thursday between the tower controllers and cockpit of US Airways Flight 1549, that commercial passenger jet which landed in the Hudson River last month.
The recordings confirm previous reports stating that the pilot said the jet hit birds and had lost power in both engines. No one was killed in the incident.
Hit birds, we lost thrust in both engines, we're turning back towards LaGuardia, pilot, Chesley B. Sully Sullenberger, said at 3:27 p.m. on January 15, minutes after the flight took off from LaGuardia International Airport.
Sullenberger abandoned the possibility of returning to LaGuardia or crossing over a highly populated area to make an emergency landing in New Jersey.
We can't do it, he said at 3:29 p.m., according to the audio.
We're gonna be in the Hudson, the pilot added shortly thereafter.
Air traffic controllers were not able to hear additional audio after those comments.
More on the web: