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Miracle emergency landing

An emergency landing on the river. Freezing temperatures. Icy water. 150 passengers. And everyone escapes the plane alive. I don't know what else to call it other than a miracle.

It's the second miracle in less than a month for the airline industry. On Dec. 20, a Continental Airlines jet, carrying 110 passengers, veered off a runway in Denver and burst into flames. Everyone escaped, but there were some serious injuries. And a lawsuit was filed earlier this week by two of the passengers. Aviation experts say strong winds may have been a factor in that crash.

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It's too early to say for sure, but the FAA says birds may have flown into the engine of the USAirways A320 (Flight 1549) that crashed today. Other witnesses reported that the aircraft just about glided onto the Hudson River, guided expertly by a pilot I'd like to have flying the plane on all of my trips. With help from NYC firefighters and quick action from the U.S. Coast Guard and other boats on the river, passengers were rescued before the plane began to sink. Truly, a miracle.

Photo: Associated Press

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