For the past 24 hours, there has been growing speculation that the passenger count on the US Airways' Airbus that ditched in the Hudson was not accurate. Initially, it had been reported that there were 155 passengers and crew.
Now, based on missing persons' reports filed with the New York Police Department and interviews with inquiring families and friends at La Guardia Airport, it has been discovered that there were another ten passengers missing and unaccounted for, at least , until now.
The New York Times has learned that a raft containing ten extra survivors of the ill-fated Flight 1549 was hijacked by Somali pirates during the rescue. Apparently, in between the Circle Line ferries and the police helicopters and the NYFD cruisers, a hovercraft bearing twenty pirates and a Skull-and-Crossbones flag stole up to one of the plane's wings and snatched the numb and stressed passengers.
A ransom note has been delivered to the newspapers editorial offices on Times Square. The pirates, led by Somali warlord, El Cahir Kissamabutt, are demanding $10 million for the passengers' safe return. The FBI and the New York Anti-Terrorism Squad believe that the pirates and their hostages are being held somewhere along the New Jersey coastline in some dark, dank cave - darker and danker than the rest of New Jersey.
It is believed that one of the hostages includes Brett Favre, the quarterback of the bad-luck NY Jets football team who never got into the NFL play-offs. According to ESPN, it was learned that millions of New Yorkers were willing to ransom every one of the hostages except Favre.
"Those damn pirates can have the old fart," exclaimed Sal Montillio of Brooklyn. "He didn't do nuthin for us, why should we do something for him, the bum!"