Q&A on the News

Q: Was the US Airways plane that went down in the Hudson River refurbished and put back in service?

-- Rod Brim, Marietta

A: The "Miracle on the Hudson" plane, an Airbus A320-214, was to be sold "as is" at an auction at a salvage yard in Kearny, N.J., starting Jan. 21, 2010, but "a few weeks later, the listing was removed, and a note was posted on the auction Web site promising an explanation at some future date," according to New York magazine. Bids previously submitted have been suspended until further notice, according to a note posted on the Web site for Chartis, a property-casualty and general insurance organization. A spokeswoman for Chartis told Q&A on the News that the auction remains postponed and there are no updates. Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport bound for Charlotte when it struck a flock of birds and made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009. All 155 passengers and crew were rescued before the plane sank.

Q: How can I submit proposals for reducing government spending to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, co-chaired by former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson?

-- Donald Pattillo, Marietta

A: The commission says it welcomes input as it seeks creative solutions to the nation's fiscal challenges. Submit suggestions and comments to commission@fc.eop.gov. The commission notes that due to the volume of comments, it is not able to respond to each submission, and all comments received are part of the public record. President Barack Obama established the bipartisan commission in February.

Lori Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or e-mail q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).