US Airways Jet Down In Hudson River, All Thought Safe
By 3:45 pm, the aircraft was visible floating in the river and appeared to be mostly, if not fully, intact as NY Waterways ferries and police boats swarmed the aircraft. Passengers could be seen both standing on the outboard left wing and seated in rafts amid floating debris, which appeared to be seat cushions. The water temperature was estimated to be near 40-degrees, the air temperature was near 20. By 3:59 pm, the aircraft's fuselage had disappeared below the water with just the top half of its vertical fin visible above the water line. But by 5:00, tug boats had attached lines and more of the aircraft was again visible above the water line.