French Airbus team to help New York crash probe

16th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Early indications suggested the plane's engines were crippled when they hit birds.

PARIS - European planemaker Airbus said Friday it would send a team of flight safety investigators to New York to help determine the causes of the crash of a US Airways airliner in the Hudson River.

The Airbus jet carrying 155 people made an emergency landing on the river Thursday afternoon just minutes after take-off from LaGuardia airport outside New York City but all on board survived.

"The investigation is under the full responsibility of competent authorities and it would be inappropriate for Airbus to speculate on the causes of the accident," Airbus said in a statement.

Early indications suggested the plane's engines were crippled when they hit birds.

The Airbus technical team is tasked with helping US investigators, the statement added.

Officials from the French BEA bureau of crash investigations will also travel to New York Friday to provide assistance to their US counterparts, a BEA official said.

Airbus delivered the A320 passenger plane to US Airways in August 1999.

(AFP/Expatica)

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