Transcript for Plane Crash in Hudson River: 911 Calls
Thanks, david. Now, to the harrowing crash-landing on the hudson river and the chilling 911 call made from inside that airplane, just moments after it crashed and was sinking fast. Both the pilot and the passenger survived. Abc's john muller has more on their harrowing story. The plane is filling up. Reporter: You can hear the fear. A man who knows he might die. The plane is -- we're going down. Reporter: These 911 tapes from sunday's emergency crash-landing in the frigid hudson river were just made public. We're in the water. We're going to go in the rear of the plane. The plane is filling up. We're in the middle of the hudson. Reporter: The terrified caller is 43-year-old chris smith. The passenger on the piper single-engine plane that took the plunge. The other person lucky to be alive, the 30-year-old pilot, denise koch, who managed to land the plane in the dark waters when their engine failed, just minutes after taking a sightseeing tour. The plane is taking on water. The plane is going down. Get out. Get out. It's going head-first. Reporter: You can hear the very moment their bodies slip into the icy water. I'm going to lose you. I'm going to lose you. The water'eezing. The water's freezing. Reporter: And then, silence. Sir? Sir? Reporter: Wearing life vests, passenger and pilot somehow survived almost 30 minutes in the deadly temperatures before rescuers pulled them to safety. Saw the victims in the water. They definitely appeared to be in a state of hypothermia, going into shock. Reporter: Among them, an off-duty police officer and his 12-year-old son. My dad has always told me be brave and never be scared of helping somebody. Reporter: It's reminiscent of the epic miracle pulled off by sully sullenberger, whose crash-landing saved 155 lives. Now, two more miracles on the hudson. This morning, pilot and passenger out of the hospital, alive and well. The plane remains submerged in the river. The pilot did contact air traffic controllers and did make a may day distress call before that plane crashed. Amazing stuff. Listening to those tapes. They survived half an hour in that water. Yes. John, thanks so much.
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