Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Flight 1549 survivor: Family first

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

It's been a year since the landing on the Hudson changed the lives of the 155 souls on board and Capt. Sullenberger's bravery amazed the world. All the same, one Charlotte man plans to skip Friday's reunion in favor of a school play. Good for him.

"Everyday is just a little different. Everyday is a little sweeter. Every minute is a little better,” said Darren Beck, a survivor of US Airways flight 1549.

Beck said it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the Charlotte bound plane went down in the Hudson River.

"The year flew by. It went very quickly, but it's almost like the first year of my life," he said.

"One of my favorite quotes is ‘experience isn't what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you,’" he added.

Beck has used what happened to him to focus on what’s most important to him, his family.

That’s why, Friday, when most of the other passengers and crew members will gather for a special reunion to mark the anniversary, he won’t be there.

"I'm very disappointed not to be able to go, but at the same time, my son, Tyler got the lead in the school play. He's playing Macbeth and I chose to be here for that instead of going to the reunion," he said.

Read the rest of this MSNBC.com/ NewsChannel 36 article, by Anjanette Flowers, here.

Capt. Sully: I was sure I could do it.

An interview with the crew:

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