NYC ferry captain: `I feared they would die'

NEW YORK (AP) - A ferry captain credited with rescuing people from a plane in the Hudson River says he feared they would die in the frigid water.

Says New York Waterway captain Vincent Lombardi: "I was worried if we didn't get them out right away, there would have been casualties."

All 155 people aboard survived. He estimated the air temperature at 20 degrees and the water about 32.

Mayor Michael Blomberg Bloomberg presented certificates to civilian and uniformed rescuers at City Hall.

Bloomberg says a key to the city will go to pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III.

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Pilot said to be in "good spirits"

WASHINGTON (AP) - A union official says the pilot who guided a jet to a safe landing in the Hudson River is "in good shape physically, mentally and in good spirits."

James Ray, a spokesman for the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, says he spoke with Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III on Friday.

He says Sullenberger acted "just very calm and cool, very relaxed, just very professional."

Ray says the flight crew is resting and likely would meet with investigators later Friday or Saturday. He says the crew has been asked not speak to the press until after the federal investigators complete their work.

Sullenberger safely landed a US Airways flight with 155 passengers and crew onboard in the Hudson River after the plane encountered problems after takeoff. Everyone survived.

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Investigation begins in plane's NYC splash landing

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators have brought in a giant crane and a barge to help pull a US Airways jetliner from the Hudson River, one day after the pilot heroically brought the disabled plane to safety with 155 people aboard.

The accident apparently was caused by birds that slammed into the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be interviewing crew, air traffic controllers and witnesses, and will try to recover the black box.

Says NTSB spokeswoman Kitty Higgins: "We want to get the plane recovered as soon as possible but we want to do it a safe way."

Higgins says one challenge will be hauling the plane out of the water without causing it to break apart.