A woman was one of the passengers on the jet that went down in the Hudson River in New York City last week, Stephanie King said it was a miracle that she and her fiancé Andrew Gray are alive & they plan to invite the pilot to their wedding.
King clearly recalls the eerie silence after the engines died on US Airways Flight 1549, which had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport headed for Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.
'You can hear the hum of the engines, but all of a sudden it was complete silence. There was no engines working. Then I felt a sinking in my gut,' said King.
King said the pilot announced, 'Brace for impact,' but the West Bend attorney who just celebrated her 29th birthday in New York did not expect what happened next.
'We knew we were going down by looking out the window,' King said.
The plane is believed to have struck birds and had no power left to return to LaGuardia. The pilot, who has been praised as a hero, landed in the frigid waters of the Hudson River. All 155 aboard survived.
King and Gray were two rows behind the emergency exit. They quickly got out and stood on the plane's wing, waiting to be rescued.
'I was probably down to my knees and my waist in water,' King said.
King said she wasn't thinking about the dangerously cold temperatures nly about drowning and getting back to dry land with her fiancé.
'Shock. At that time, my body was shaking it was so cold,' she said of the moments after she was rescued. 'Thankful. Thankful that we got out.'
King and Gray have a new appreciation for life and love. They plan to invite pilot Chesley Sullenberger to their wedding.
'I don't know if he's going to be there, but we would like to send him an invitation, of course,' King said.
Their wedding date has not yet been scheduled, but it will be in Milwaukee.
King is not ready to fly yet. She and her fiancé took a train to complete their trip to North Carolina.
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