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"Miracle on the Hudson" flight attendant talks crash, life since

"Miracle on the Hudson" flight attendant talks crash, life since

By John Mercure. CREATED Jun 17, 2014

January 15, 2009.

It was chilly January day as US Airways Flight 1549 lifted off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City.  Almost immediately the plane struck a flock of Canadian Geese.  Power was lost in both engines and the crew realized they didn't even have enough lift left in the plane to get back to LaGuardia.  

Captain Chesley Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles (who is from Wisconsin) managed to glide the huge Airbus 320 into the Hudson River.

The rest of the crew then sprang into action, including flight attendant Doreen Welsh, who had a serious leg injury because of the crash landing.  Welsh and her team got everyone outside of the plane safely as it filled with water.  Your probably remember the incredible pictures of passengers standing on the aircraft wings as it began to sink.  All 165 passengers survived.

Sullenberger, Skiles, Welsh and the rest of the flight crew received the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Master's Medal for valor.  They also all received the keys to the city of New York City.

There is a powerful new National Geographic Channel documentary out on the "Miracle on the Hudson".

Heroic flight attendant Doreen Welsh told us her story.

John Mercure

John Mercure

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Emmy-winning journalist, John Mercure brings more than 20 years of reporting and anchoring experience to his position at NEWSRADIO 620 WTMJ.