NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The images are hard to forget, as two years ago Saturday, a plane with more than 150 people onboard made an emergency landing in the Hudson River.

Some of the survivors took time to remember that fateful day, and shared how the accident has changed their lives.

“It’s a special day today, obviously, for us, because we’re two years old in our new life,” passenger Barry Leonard said.

PHOTOS: Remembering the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Two years ago, Leonard was among the 155 people aboard US Airways Flight 1549. The plane made a miracle landing on the Hudson after both of its engines were taken out by a bird strike.

Photograph taken from ferry as rescue teams rushed to save the passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 on Jan. 15, 2009.

Air traffic controller Patrick Harten was in touch with the crippled jetliner when it made its death-defying descent.

“I lost radar contact on the flight, and at that point I didn’t think anyone had survived,” Harten said. “It was kind of hard to believe that it actually turned out as well as it did.”

Captain Chesley Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles have been celebrated for successfully landing the plane without a single fatality. Once it hit the water, passengers and crew got out of the cabin as fast as they could, and nearby boats rushed to their aid.

“We have shared the most unique experience imaginable,” passenger Denise Lockie said.

Those aboard Flight 1549 say the experience has bonded them for life, turning their fellow travelers into a second family.

“We will do anything, for anyone, at any time,” Lockie said.

Captain Sullenberger has retired, and is now working on his second book.

As for the plane, it’s now being bought by the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte was Flight 1549’s original destination.

Comments (9)
  1. Cecilia says:

    Nothing happens without the knowledge of the Lord. It is said ‘everything is possible for God ‘.Indeed a true miracle ! Praise the Lord ! Congrats to the pIlots, crew members and all the lucky passengers. This day should be kept as a Thanksgiving day for this special bonded family.

  2. mayurdoshi says:

    Glory to god..
    we really appreciate decision made by brave pilot.

  3. Susheel says:

    Let this be a lesson to you. Live every day of your life beccause you don’t know when it will be your last.

  4. Gladys Kinyanjui says:

    Wow! its unbelievable but i thank God that everything went well. All the people in this story are my hero, starting from the pilots, crew and the other passangers. Well done to the rescue team. They really did a good job.
    For sure this is a day to be remembered and to thank GOD for. I do beleave that miracles happen, and this surely was one of a kind.

  5. Jorbs says:

    Well you may call it a crash but it must have been directed to the River. It could have crashed any where on the ground besides the river. Whatever the case may be, Sullenberger is still my hero.

  6. Gabriel says:

    As a pilot, let me be the first to tell you that “landing” an aircraft on water is impossible. Don’t be fooled….It’s a crash. Just a really successful one.

  7. Philip Buckley says:

    A true professional…

  8. Alan Foos says:

    A few things in life are worth remembering.

    1. rajib nain says:

      With our unidirectional education and training we are prone to miss something happening which we cant explain !

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