Family comes first for survivor of Hudson plane crash

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson -- the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River after a gaggle of geese flew into the jet's engines, or vice versa, shutting the flight down.

All 150 passengers and five members of the crew survived, almost without a scratch.

Native Utahn Darren Beck was among them.

Darren, 38, a graduate of Midvale's Hillcrest High School and BYU's MBA program, lives and works in Charlotte, N.C., the intended destination when Flight 1549 lifted off from New York's LaGuardia Airport at 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2009.

The flight lasted six minutes. Six minutes that turned the pilot who landed the plane, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, into a national celebrity -- and six minutes that significantly altered Darren's life.

"People say it wasn't a miracle," the married father of three says. "I heard there's a book that says any pilot could have done the exact same thing because the technology of those airplanes is so great. For one who lived through it, I just laugh at that. The airplane isn't what decided where to go, to land in the river and not go back to the airport. The airplane didn't determine that the weather was clear and sunny, that the commuter ferries just happened to be on their way out, saw the plane and turned directly to us. There were just a lot of little things that all added up to one big miracle. Plane crashes don't end that way, where everyone gets off alive. It truly was a miracle.

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