WASHINGTON — Federal safety officials confirm there were birds in both engines of the US Airways airliner that ditched into the Hudson River last month.
The National Transportation Safety Board says remains from both engines have also been sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to have the bird species identified.
The safety board also says that an engine surge experienced by the Airbus 320 on Jan. 13 — two days before the accident — was due to faulty temperature sensor. The sensor was replaced, and the engine was examined and found to be undamaged before being returned to service.
Flight 1549’s pilot reported that both engines had failed after the airliner collided with birds moments after taking off from LaGuardia Airport. All 155 people aboard survived.