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U.S. Airways Black Box Recovered

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The black box from the U.S. Airways jet that crash landed in the Hudson river last week has been recovered from the aircraft. The box is being flown to Washington, D.C. where it will be used in the investigation to determine what exactly caused the two engines to cut out shortly after takeoff. The freezing temperatures in New York City slowed the search and recovery efforts yesterday, but by Saturday evening, the plane was secured and safely lifted from the river and placed on a barge. It was unknown where the aircraft would be taken. Investigators initially thought both engines fell off the Airbus A320, but were pleased to learn the right engine was still connected. Divers believe they've identified the location of the left engine, near the site of initial impact, and are hopeful they will be able to retrieve it soon. Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger spoke to investigators for the first time yesterday and told them he was almost certain the aircraft intersected with a group of birds, which were coming toward the windshield. He said his initial reaction was to duck and then he heard a thump, the smell of burning birds and then suddenly the engines went silent. Sullenberger made the split decision to land the plane in the river to avoid a "catastrophic" crash in a populated area and determined it would be too dangerous to attempt a landing in nearby Teterboro Airport.

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