Thanks so much for citing info to support my earlier post.
I remember yesterday a pilot being interviewed said he was impressed the 1549 pilot made the river landing as the engines are lower than the belly of the craft. Missing engines can explain the somewhat smooth landing and also can go to prove that the engines were missing BEFORE the plane hit the water.
I understand that they reported no communication between the pilot and Control Tower shortly before the plane is believed to have landed in the water. Key word being "reported" ....
Earlier BlueAngel you had mentioned something of seeds being planted (edited) ... Wish you had kept the entire post.
added--- I'm looking for sources to support the "engine lower than belly" quote. I'll try not to be so lazy in the future before I post something.