Flight 1549 Salvage Update:
Plane Now Completely Submerged
At 5 pm today, Twitter user jefns1 - part of the Weeks Marine salvage crew down at Battery Park City posted this photo, showing that the US Airways plane being lifted from the Hudson had slipped entirely below the water.
His 4:50 pm Tweet said simply "running in to snags plane is completly under water".
Update as of 10:30 pm Jan 17th: "tail is up wings starting to break mud lift is good so far"
We suspect this lift is unprecedented. Any aircraft being dragged out of a body of water is typically broken into parts...or at least severely damaged and not holding water. This bird is fully intact and holding the better part of a million pounds of nearly-frozen water - and the goal is to NOT damage it in the process!
Update as of 11 pm Jan 17th: Flight 1549 is out of the water! Again, thanks to Twitter user jefns1, who is working on the salvage operation, for up-to-the-minute coverage.
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