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(AP) - The jetliner that splashed down in theHudson River last week after losing power in both its engines willbe dismantled in a New Jersey salvage yard before the pieces aretaken elsewhere to be inspected.

News 12 Staff

Jan 19, 2009, 6:39 PM

Updated 5,656 days ago

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(AP) - The jetliner that splashed down in theHudson River last week after losing power in both its engines willbe dismantled in a New Jersey salvage yard before the pieces aretaken elsewhere to be inspected.
Jason Marchioni, a manager at Weeks Marine, the country'slargest marine contractor, said workers from his company will takeapart the US Airways jetliner at its Jersey City facility.
The plane was raised out of the water by a gigantic crane lateSaturday night.
"I was surprised at how intact the plane was," Marchioni said."There were some bottom panels that were damaged. Other than that,it looked pretty good."
No work was to be done on the plane Monday, he said.
It was surrounded by company workers, along with representativeson the national Transportation Safety Board, New York police, andthe FBI, Marchioni said.
He said the NTSB estimated it would take "a week or two" todisassemble the plane to it can be taken to warehouses at anundisclosed location where the parts can be examined in minutedetail.
The crane that Weeks used is one of the largest in the country,capable of lifting 1 million pounds.
The search for the plane's missing left engine was suspendeduntil Tuesday because ice floes in the river make it too dangerousto put divers or special sonar equipment in the water.
The pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, is credited withsaving the lives of all 155 people aboard the plane when he decidedto ditch it in the Hudson rather than try to make it across denselypopulated northern New Jersey to Teterboro Airport a few milesaway.
He reported striking a flock of birds shortly after takeoff,disabling both engines, although federal investigators have notdetermined what caused the incident.
Timeline of Flight 1549US Air plane plunges into Hudson, everyone survives Air traffic control map of Flight 1549?s path Extended footage of Mayor Bloomberg?s news conference Chopper 12 footage of plane crash site


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