According to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown, the US Airways Flight 1549 had taken off from LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte, N.C., shortly before 3:30 p.m.
The plane crashed between 3:44 and 3:48 p.m., federal aviation officials said. The plane went into the water near 50th street, and was carried south by the outbound tide, White said.
Alberto Panero, a passenger interviewed on CNN, said: "I actually grabbed one of the seats and some people grabbed the inflatable ones. It seemed like immediately there were folks coming to us.""People were bleeding all over the place," passenger Kolodjay said. "I was scared."
After the crash, Kolodjay said passengers crowded onto the wings, and then people started getting onto life rafts. According to Kolodjay, women and children got onto the rafts first, and then the men did.
Ferry boats and other harbor crafts quickly converged around the partially-submerged aircraft and passengers wearing yellow life vests were sitting in life rafts.
Media reports said people responding on ferries tossed life vests to the plane."They threw the jackets to us. At first there was a little bit of panic," Panero said.Some people quickly took charge, he said."Once people realized that we were going to be OK, people calmed down," Panero said.
"Wow, thank the Lord and thank the pilot," said Alberto Panero, a passenger quoted on CNN. "I can't believe he managed to land the plane safely."
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