• Local passenger from miracle on the Hudson flight speaks about San Francisco crash

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    Passengers aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 say they never thought they would live through the crash this weekend.

    One group with Charlotte connections can relate.

    The passengers who were aboard the miracle on the Hudson know exactly what it’s like to walk away from a downed plane.

    US Airways Flight 1549 was on its way to Charlotte from New York when a flock of geese took out its engines.

    It splash-landed on the Hudson River and all 155 people on board survived — including Frank Berretta from Weddington.

    He says when he saw the San Francisco crash on the news it immediately brought him back to Jan. 15, 2009.

    “Families of the victims who passed away obviously have it the worst. They’re in shock and wondering why their two girls didn’t make it, as well as other passengers are having that survivors guilt,” said Berretta.

    Berretta says getting through the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress takes a lot longer than many realize.

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