NEW YORK, N.Y. (WKRC) - Tuesday January, 15 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the most remarkable moments of aviation history: The day when Captain Chesley Sullenberger successfully made an emergency landing on the Hudson River.
The "Miracle on the Hudson" involved US Airways Flight 1549 and its 150 passengers having to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off. Jeff Kolodjay was one of those passengers.
"I remember looking back thinking how did that happen," said Kolodjay. "I still think, 'holy cow'."
The jet had struck a flock of geese shortly after take-off from Laguardia. It lost power in both engines.
Captain Sullenberger glided the plane to the river, where he made an emergency landing. Kolodjay remembers the moment when Sullenberger said "brace for impact".
"I thought we were going to impact a building... still remember just standing up. And the plane had already filled with water, and I remember thinking oh my god, this water feels so good. I'm alive," said Kolodjay.
Captain Sullenberger was hailed as a hero for saving the passengers and crew members with his expertise.
Kolodjay says that he thinks about it everyday, the "Miracle on the Hudson."