Plane crash survivor shares his story in Hattiesburg - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Plane crash survivor shares his story in Hattiesburg

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email 

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A survivor of the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight that successfully crash landed in New York City two years ago was in Hattiesburg Thursday to share his story with supporters of the American Red Cross.

Dave Sanderson of Charlotte North Carolina was the last passenger to exit US Airways flight 1549 back in January 2009. He said following the crash, he used his swimming skills to reach a nearby ferry boat and upon his landing in New Jersey, the Red Cross was there to give him a blanket and help Sanderson to a nearby triage center.

Additionally, he said the Red Cross was also there for his family in back North Carolina, who  needed support. Because of Sanderson's admiration of the Red Cross, he spoke at the Mississippi chapter's luncheon in Hattiesburg on Thursday afternoon. That event honored local heroes throughout the state that have supported the Red Cross, and exhibited quick thinking in dire situations.

Sanderson said, "And all of a sudden I go through a plane crash and all of a sudden I needed help. And not only did I need help, but my family needed help back in Charlotte while they didn't know where I was. And the Red Cross was not only there for me in New Jersey but also in Charlotte, that is the depth of the Red Cross."

During Thursday's presentation, a Proclamation was issued by the city of Hattiesburg recognizing Sanderson as a Red Cross hero.

Copyright 2011 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Mason-Dixon poll shows potential match-ups for Gov's race

    Mason-Dixon poll shows potential match-ups for Gov's race

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 3:52 PM EDT2018-04-24 19:52:55 GMT
    Hood still holding early lead over Reeves for 2019; Source: Mason-Dixon Mississippi PollHood still holding early lead over Reeves for 2019; Source: Mason-Dixon Mississippi Poll

    A Mississippi poll conducted by the Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy group is estimating potential election match-ups for the 2019 elections. 

    More >>

    A Mississippi poll conducted by the Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy group is estimating potential election match-ups for the 2019 elections. 

    More >>
  • Bay Springs class of 2018 earns record amount of scholarships

    Bay Springs class of 2018 earns record amount of scholarships

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-04-24 18:57:27 GMT
    Bay Springs High School hosted a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday for high-achieving students. (Photo source: WDAM)Bay Springs High School hosted a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday for high-achieving students. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Bay Springs High School hosted a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday for high-achieving students. (Photo source: WDAM)Bay Springs High School hosted a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday for high-achieving students. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Bay Springs High School hosted a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday for high-achieving students.

    More >>

    Bay Springs High School hosted a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday for high-achieving students.

    More >>
  • Two arrests, items recovered in Jones Co. grand larceny case

    Two arrests, items recovered in Jones Co. grand larceny case

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:48 PM EDT2018-04-24 18:48:11 GMT

    Two Ellisville men were arrested after a trailer containing lawn equipment they are accused of stealing was impounded by the Pascagoula Police Department. 

    More >>

    Two Ellisville men were arrested after a trailer containing lawn equipment they are accused of stealing was impounded by the Pascagoula Police Department. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly