The FAA has confirmed that all passengers, the numbers for which vary between 146 and 160, and 5 crew were rescued from the aircraft and are safe. They have been taken to various hospitals around New York City.
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One passenger interviewed said the pilot told everyone to brace for a hard landing, which it was. People reportedly remained calm, women and children exiting the plane first, out onto the wings of the aircraft, while the plane began filling with water. By 4:22 pm the plane was almost completely submerged.
Although the cause of the crash is currently unknown, the pilot reportedly radioed air traffic control that the Airbus had encountered a flock of geese, which disabled both engines. Divers are on the scene and are expected to retrieve the flight's recorder over the next 24 hours.