MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON: “I seriously thought we were all going to die.”

Flight 1549 passenger Beth McHugh reflects 10 years later on the day an aircraft landed in the Hudson River.

On January 15th, 2009, 150 passengers and 5 crew members boarded Flight 1549, heading from New York City to Charlotte. The plane was in the air for about 90 seconds before a flock of Canada geese struck both engines. What happened next could only be described as a miracle – the flight landed in the Hudson River with Captain Chelsey Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles at the helm. Everyone survived, including Beth McHugh, a Charlotte resident who describes the crash now as ‘surreal.’ Now affectionately called the ‘Miracle on the Hudson,’ the story has even gotten a feature film starring Tom Hanks.

10 years later, McHugh says she’s grateful her life was saved that day. Listen to her describe the experience and why she’s so open about her story.

McHugh and other passengers regularly speak at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte. There, people can see the entire plane on display and hear from passengers about their second chance.