When the news hit the wire on January 15 that a plane had crashed into the Hudson River, a multitude of people held their breath. Was this a repeat of the 9/11 attacks? How many people were on board? Giving the freezing temperatures of the afternoon, people wondered if any of the passengers would freeze to death awaiting rescue.
The major media outlets converged on the piers of New York City to cover the response. Praise was doled out to the actions of the pilot, crew, and New York City's emergency services. Similarities were drawn to the 9/11 events and people initially speculated whether this was a terrorist attack or wildlife mishap.