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"Miracle On The Hudson" survivor recalls crash

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Updated: 7/08/2013 10:33 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- They're words Donald Jones will never forget.

"Plain and simply says "This is your captain. Brace for impact."

Jones was one of the 155 passengers onboard that famous US Airways flight in January 2009. Within five minutes of leaving Laguardia Airport in New York, birds struck both engines of the plane, and forced Captain Chesley Sullengberger to make a water landing in the river.

"There's some people back there where automatically, their first reaction was-- "Oh my God," Jones explained.

That incident became known as "Miracle on the Hudson", and rightfully so.

When Asiana flight 214 crashed in San Francisco, Jones couldn't help but think about his experience. In both cases, the flight attendants and pilot crew had to think quickly.

"They're the ones that got everyone off the plane and Sullenberger was the last one off that plane. He actually went back on the plane to make sure nobody was there," Jones continued.  

Unlike the US Airways flight, not everyone survived in San Francisco. Questions are mulling over the experience level of the Asiana pilot, but until things get sorted out, Jones will count his blessings.

"Here in this case, looks like there might have been pilot error. Fortunately for us, it was pilot experience that really saved the day."
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