More time needed to raise jet engine

January 22, 2009 4:09:26 PM PST
Federal authorities say more time is needed to recover an engine that broke off a US Airways plane that splashed down in the Hudson River. It was thought the engine - located by police divers Wednesday about 65 feet below the icy water - could be pulled up as early as Thursday. But the National Transportation Safety Board now says it will need another day or two to coordinate the recovery.

Investigators want to closely inspect the engine to better understand if it conked out after colliding with a flock of birds shortly after the plane's takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.

Investigators on Wednesday found the remains of what may be a bird in the other engine, which was recovered.

The Airbus A320 splash-landed in the Hudson after losing thrust in both engines. All 155 people on board the Charlotte, N.C.-bound flight survived.


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