Detailed animation captures drama of Hudson ditching

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Data from the extraordinary ditching in New York's Hudson river by a US Airways Airbus A320 has been used by a technical animation specialist to recreate the event and demonstrate the company's software capabilities.

The six-minute animation by Kansas-based K3 Resources brings together flight data, air traffic communications and a detailed landscape to chart the progress of flight US1549 from its departure point, LaGuardia Airport, to its forced ditching after a birdstrike.

All 155 occupants on board the twin-jet survived the accident on 15 January this year. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to complete its inquiry into the event.