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U.S. Airways Jet Crashes Into Hudson River

US Airways Plane Crash & Rescue

My photo from the 21st floor of the New York Times Build­ing, in midtown.

From City Room:

A USAir­ways plane that took off at 3:26 p.m. from La Guardia Air­port landed in the Hud­son River five min­utes later, where it remains mostly sub­merged. Fer­ries and other boats con­verged to help with a res­cue effort, as the plane drifted south. There was no imme­di­ate infor­ma­tion about the 151 peo­ple on board.

Accord­ing to Chan­nel 4 tele­vi­sion news, the plane, USAir­ways flight 1549, took off from LaGuardia Air­port at 3:26 p.m. was bound for Char­lotte, N.C. and had 146 pas­sen­gers and 5 crew mem­bers. The plane, accord­ing to the news report, may have hit a flock of birds. The pilot tried to return to the air­port when the plane fell into the Hudson.

US Airways Plane Crash & Rescue

Photo of the res­cue, posted by Janis Krums on Twitter/Twitpic.

I watched from the 21st floor of the Times Build­ing, as the plan drifted south with the tide. I believe that the res­cue oper­a­tion com­pleted before it came into view, and it has since drifted out of view.

The plane did not break up on impact; divers, com­muter fer­ries and a lot of emer­gency per­son­nel are assist­ing with res­cue oper­a­tions. Every­one is reported to have sur­vived the crash and res­cue, as of this moment, but there are injuries. CNN is cur­rently inter­view­ing pas­sen­gers, live on-air.

UPDATE: I don’t know how the Graph­ics team put this together so quickly and so ele­gantly, but NYTimes.com has an inter­ac­tive piece today, that tracks the plane’s path.

Also, CNN has been run­ning a Google Earth ani­ma­tion of the flight, which is less pretty, but kind of cool.

The Measure of a President

The Times has an inter­est­ing (if not com­pletely point­less) info­graphic on pres­i­den­tial height and weight, in recent his­tory. I like that the sil­hou­ettes are all mostly rec­og­niz­able – Jimmy Carter’s smile, Harry Truman’s spec­ta­cles and William Howard Taft’s belly… funny.

It was done by Scott Stowell’s design stu­dio, Open N.Y., the peo­ple who design GOOD Mag­a­zine.

Infographics

I com­pleted a three-day inten­sive news­room ori­en­ta­tion last week, in which the new faces at the Times are trained on poli­cies, prac­tices, and quirks of the paper. It’s an onboard­ing pro­ce­dure the likes of which I’ve never gone through in my career, and I think it’s a credit to the orga­ni­za­tion that they care so much about its tra­di­tions and cul­ture to invest so much time and energy wel­com­ing new people.

In addi­tion to the sem­i­nars on sourc­ing, ethics and back­ground, it was espe­cially inter­est­ing to meet all of the Desk Edi­tors and learn how they run their teams both online and in print. One-by-one, they filed in from National, Style, Travel, For­eign, the Mag­a­zines… it was a whirl­wind 3 days.

infographic

Deadly Ram­page at Vir­ginia Tech, updated April 23, 2007

One of the most inter­est­ing half-hours was pre­sented by Archie Tse, a Graph­ics edi­tor. Archie explained how the Times Graph­ics Desk is really unique among news orga­ni­za­tions, in that they go out and do report­ing before sit­ting down at their computer.

When you con­sider that news­pa­pers are cut­ting back on cov­er­age of every­thing these days, this is remarkable.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Infographics’

Snow Infographics

Aw crap… there goes our week­end in NYC.

snow is coming