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For 'Miracle' flight survivors, a decade of thankfulness

In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, Tripp Harris, who was a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549, the "Miracle on the Hudson" airliner in 2009, poses for a photo on the High Line along the Hudson River in New York. It's been 10 years since the flight landed on the Hudson River after colliding with a flock of geese just after takeoff. All 155 people on board survived the Jan. 15, 2009, incident, which became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK — For the people who were on US Airways flight 1549, it’s been 10 years of being around to enjoy milestones and important moments since the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

That was Jan. 15, 2009, when their plane collided with a flock of geese after takeoff from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. Everyone on board survived the crash landing into the Hudson River.

Survivors, including Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who helmed the controls in the plane’s final descent, gathered Tuesday at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, where the flight was headed and where the damaged plane is now held.

At 3:31 p.m., the exact moment the plane splashed down in the river on Jan. 15, 2009, they shared a toast, with Sullenberger counting down the last five seconds.

Deepti Hajela And Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated Press