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Investigation of US Airways Crash Into Hudson Will Last a Year

The crash of a US Airways Airbus into the Hudson River last week will take 12 months, according to Robert Benzon, the chief investigator assigned to the case. He went on to say that this case will likely be studied for decades to come.

All 150 passengers and five crew members on board survived the plunge into the icy waters after the engines were apparently disabled after colliding with a flock of birds. The next step for NTSB investigators is for the plane, currently at a New Jersey salvage yard, is to have the plane disassembled. It will then be taken to an undisclosed location for further study.

The pilot of the aircraft, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, has been hailed as a hero for bringing the plane in safely. He and the rest of the crew on board have been invited to attend the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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