Ten Years Later, North Texan Looks Back At "Miracle On The Hudson"

Alan Scaia
January 15, 2019 - 1:43 pm
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A North Texas woman is talking about her experience on US Airways Flight 1549, known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" for Captain Chesley Sullenberger's successful landing on the river after a bird strike.

Karin Rooney was on the flight with her boyfriend.

"There are moments that are just signed into your mind that you'll never forget about," she says. "That day, I kid you not, it couldn't have been more amazing to see the passengers were helping each other."

Rooney says the flight attendants, crew and other passengers all worked together in a way they could not have held drills to prepare for.

"People did rise up. People did care for one another," she says. "When you're called to action, you will do it. I really do believe that, and I saw it that day for sure."

Since that flight, Rooney says she went through counseling to help her cope with her emotions.

"You can't sit around and anticipate it coming, which I think I did for a really long time after the crash. I was waiting for the next crash to come."

She has since married her boyfriend. They now have three kids. She says she is now stronger in her faith. Rooney has since written a book about her experience, called "Sink or Swim: Life after Crash Landing in the Hudson."

"If you have faith, focus on your faith," she says. "If you have things to tie you down to a strong foundation, do that today. Then when life does come, you are going to have more strength."