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SOLVED: What brought the plane down in the Hudson River

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Flight data recorders from the black box on board the US Airways plane revealed that both engines simultaneously cut off shortly after take off as the plane was just 3,200ft (975m) off the ground.

Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that birds getting caught up in the engines caused the loss of power which forced hero pilot Chesley Burnett Sullenberger to land the jet on the Hudson River.

Just minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, the US Airways Airbus – en route to North Carolina with 155 people on board – suffered a ‘bird strike’ as it was hit by a flock of geese.

The pilots had said they smelled “burning birds” and that the plane’s windscreen “filled with big, dark brown birds” before both engines cut out.

Birds bring down plane