NTSB plans to determine probable cause of Hudson ditching on 4 May

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The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on 4 May plans to meet and determine the probable cause of the January 2009 ditching of a US Airways Airbus A320 in New York's Hudson River.

At the time Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed the aircraft in the Hudson safely after both engines were struck by Canada geese and lost power.

NTSB in June 2009 held a three-day public inquiry hearing as part of its investigation of the incident partially to examine FAA air transport category aircraft certification requirements for water landings.

Sullenberger, who retired from US Airways on 3 March, testified during the first hearing that forced water landing scenarios would be a valuable addition for simulator training.