US Airways has dug deep into its corporate pockets and provided each of the 150 passengers on board the flight that crashed into the Hudson River last week with a check for $5,000. The airline explained its actions by stating that it will be months before their possessions will be released back to them by the National Transportation Safety Board, and the payment being made is to compensate them for their loss. Some of the passengers' belongings may not be recoverable at all.
In addition to the $5,000 payment, the passengers on board the ill-fated flight will also be reimbursed for the cost of their tickets. During last Thursday's flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, both of the plane's engines were disabled, probably due to birds colliding with them. The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River. All 150 passengers and five crew members survived.