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.

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