Transcripts of First 911 Calls Released

Callers reveal real-time horror

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    Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River on Thursday.

    Transcripts from two of the first 911 calls were released Saturday, two days after a US Airways jet had to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River. Below is a summary of the first call:

    3:29 p.m. ET

    Caller:  Yeah I ‘m witnessing a airplane. It’s going down. It’s on fire.

    911 Operator: Where, where, where?

    Caller: I’m in the Bronx. It’s turning, I don’t know where its gonna fall though.

    911 Operator: Where are you sir?

    Caller: Oh my God!

    911 Operator: Where are you?

    Caller: Briggs Ave and 199.

    911 Operator: What’s the street?

    Caller: I’m on Briggs Ave. and 199, close to the 52 Precinct, Oh my God!

    911 Operator: You said East 199th Street?

    Caller: Yes, operator.

    911 Operator: East 199th Street and what’s the cross?

    Caller: 199 and Briggs. Briggs, between Briggs and Bainbridge, but the plane is gone already.

    911 Operator:  Where’s the plane?

    Caller: Oh my god! It was a big plane, I heard a big boom just now we looked up and the plane came straight over us and it was turning, Oh my God!

    911 Operator: What’s your name sir?

    (Name and number omitted)

    Caller: Yeah as soon as I called you the plane disappeared out of sight I guess it took off over the building I can’t see.

    911 Operator: Was it a large or small plane or what?

    Caller: It looked like it looked like a airbus plane, like a big plane.

    911 Operator All right sir, assistance will be there !

    Caller: Oh my God!

    911 Operator: Are you going to be there for the police at East 199th street and Briggs Ave?

    Caller: Yeah, I’m right here, I’m right here.

    911 Operator: Alright stay right there. I’m sending everybody, OK?

    Caller: OK, wow!

    Another call came in at 3:33 p.m. ET:

    911 Operator: 911 operator 1698. Where’s the emergency?

    Caller: Yes a-a-a plane had just crashed into the Hudson River. A US Air big DC 9 or 10 has crashed into the Hudson River, about … in … Oh my gosh!

    911 Operator: What’s the location, where you at now?

    Caller: I’m on 71st and Riverside Boulevard. It is closer it’s going toward um … downtown; I would say it’s probably in the 50s, or 40s

    911 Operator: Okay you want to leave your name and number ma’am?

    Caller: Pardon?

    911 Operator: Would you like to leave your name and number?

    Caller: Yes. My name is (name omitted) and my number’s (number omitted)

    911 Operator: Alright ma’am, we’ll have assistance there to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

    Caller: Thank you!