Plane splash lands into Hudson river: fearful 911 call made

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Pilot Chesley Sullenberger crash lands plane into Hudson River

NEW YORK - The pilot who landed a US Airways plane in the middle of the Hudson River says he did it to avoid a catastrophe.

Chesley Sullenberger said he made up his mind in a split second.

He would ditch the plane in the river, rather than risk crashing into a highly populated area of New York City or New Jersey.

The now famous landing has been caught on surveillance cameras in and around Mayor Bloomberg's office.

A 9-1-1 call made by Robin Roberts from ABC news is chilling to hear.

The airbus has been lifted out of the Hudson and onto a barge.

The plane will be towed to an undisclosed location where investigators can take a closer look at it.