Crews Begin Removing Jet Engine From River

(CBS/AP) Divers have started fastening rigging to the left engine of the US Airways plane in preparation for lifting it from the murky waters of the Hudson River.

A spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the removal process is deliberate, methodical and time-consuming and could possibly take until Saturday.

The engine was located Tuesday, and Divers confirmed it was the engine the following day.

The rest of the plane was taken by barge to New Jersey for examination.

The Airbus A320 crash-landed in the Hudson shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport after hitting a flock of birds and losing thrust in both engines. All 155 people on board survived.

Bird Radar Could Be Expanded To All N.Y.-N.J. Airports

Authorities said they want a sophisticated bird-detection system at New York City area airports.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Aviation Director William DeCota said the system could easily encompass all three major regional airports - LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark.

He said the system is already slated to be deployed at Kennedy airport. The system beeps when birds fly near a jet, allowing air traffic controllers to warn pilots.

Flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia on Jan. 15 before the pilot reported bird strikes. Both engines were knocked out, forcing the pilot to ditch the plane in the river

The National Transportation Safety Board discovered a feather on one of the plane's wings.

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