Emergency inbound! Hear full Hudson tape
The pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which ditched into New York's Hudson River, calmly radioed to air traffic controllers, "We're going to be in the Hudson."
The audio recordings, released Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration, reflect the initial tension between tower controllers and the cockpit and then confusion about whether the passenger jet went into the river.
"Emergency inbound," one tower controller says as he tries to arrange for the stricken Airbus to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
"Can I get him in for Runway One?" the controller at La Guardia asks the tower at Teterboro.
"Runway One, that's good," says the tower controller at Teterboro.
Hear the tape:
"1529 turn right two-eight-zero" for Teterboro, the tower at LaGuardia orders the plane's pilot.
"We can't do it," replies the plane's pilot.
"Which runway would you like at Teterboro?" asks the tower at LaGuardia.
"We're going to be in the Hudson," the pilot replies.
"I'm sorry, say again," an air traffic controller responded after hearing the pilot's message that he was ditching the Airbus A320.
There was no response from the aircraft.
Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has told government investigators he glided the plane into the river rather than risking a catastrophic crash in a densely populated area. All 155 aboard survived.
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