CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - On Jan. 15, 2009 a flight bound for Charlotte became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."
Many call the successful emergency landing of the greatest days in aviation history.
"Oh its emotional. It's beyond emotional,” said one passenger.
10 years to the day, 155 passengers and crew on board US Airways flight 1549 were told to brace for impact.
"We had about 90 seconds to do some thinking and praying and whatever. So I accepted the fact I probably wasn't going to be here,” said passenger, Freida Muscatell.
On that cold January day in 2009 the plane hit a bird and was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River.
"We saw the ferry coming the moment we were out. That was the first boat that was approaching us from the right wing so once we saw him I knew we were going to be ok,” said Muscatell.
"No one ordered us in we saw it. We had made the approach ourselves. We called the coast guard and we called the other vessels into the area,” said Captain Vince Lombarti, who was on board one of the ferry’s.
Hero's were born on that river 10 years ago. Now a decade later they met in the Queen City, the destination they were originally scheduled for back in 2009.
"A lot of people call it their second life today. They say they are 10 years old. It means a lot. I was able to provide that for them and their families,” said Captain Lombarti.
For many families making it to the reunion in Charlotte meant stepping onboard a plane again. Of the 155 on board January 15, 2009, only one hasn't flown again.
"I guess the only difference is now I know something can happen, but I never believed it could before,” said one flight attendant.