- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety investigators say they have found the remains of what may be a bird in the engine of the US Airways airliner that made a dramatic landing in New York’s Hudson River.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday an examination of the Airbus 320’s right engine revealed evidence of “soft body damage” and that “organic material” was found in the engine and on the wings and fuselage.

NTSB said samples of the material have been sent to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis.

Flight 1549’s pilot reported a “double bird strike” and a loss of power in both engines before gliding the plane to an emergency river landing last week.

Meanwhile, officials in New York say divers have found the jet engine that broke off a US Airways plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River.

New York City and State Police said the divers confirmed Wednesday afternoon that an object detected by sonar near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is the missing engine.

The airliner’s other engine remained attached to the right wing of the plane.

The Airbus A320 crash-landed in the Hudson on Thursday after hitting birds and losing thrust from both engines. All 155 people on board survived.

The rest of the plane has been taken to a New Jersey marina to be studied by investigators.

Associated Press writer David Porter in Trenton, N.J., contributed to this report.

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