The Washington Times - January 20, 2009, 06:03PM

US Airways will give $5,000 to each of the 150 passengers of Flight 1549, which was forced to land on the Hudson River after birds were sucked into the airliner’s engines, CNN is reporting.

The airline said it would be several weeks before the passengers would get their belongings back because of an investigation into the splash landing.

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All of the waterlogged luggage will have to weighed in its “current state,” then dried for eight weeks. Then the luggage will be weighed again to determine the weight of the plane when it splash-landed.

I’m glad US Airways is stepping up and giving the passengers cash for their goods.  It could have easily charged them extra for a water landing.

Would you want your stuff back after it had been soaked in the Hudson River for a couple of days?

The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting the investigation, and that agency tends to be very thorough.  I’m imagining there will be a “simulation” of the birds flying into the engines.  It’ll likely be done near a KFC — just so there isn’t a lot of waste.