A man who witnessed the crash told ABC that the pilots' efforts had helped ensure a relatively soft landing on the water.
"From my window I saw the plane was coming down below the radar zone," he said.
"I thought it might be a terrorist attack or something but the plane looked like it had difficulty trying to... gain altitude but as it got closer to the water I saw the pilot, he made a last-ditch effort to try to gain altitude.
"And he did that for a few seconds and then the plane just came down and plopped on the water. Had he not done that he would have damaged the fuselage."
Another man who witnessed the crash told the BBC that the crash had seemed like a scene from a film.
"It looked crazy, it looked like a movie, it looked like a movie, it was incredible," he said.
"It made a pretty big splash when it landed on the water. It was by 72nd Street, I was on the Westside Highway coming down."
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