Florida residents among survivors of Hudson River plane crash

Jacksonville resident Donald C. Jones fields questions from the media early Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 after arriving to Jacksonville International Airport in Jacksonville, Fla. Jones returned to Jacksonville Friday morning after surviving Thursday's crash landing in the Hudson River aboard his US Airways flight.

The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self/Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 2:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 2:22 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A Miami resident and a Tallahassee resident were among the 155 passengers who survived a US Airways plane crash into the Hudson River in New York.

Ray Mandrell, 30, of Miami, says he suffered a sprained wrist and his friend and colleague, Reenee Williams of Tallahassee was treated for hypothermia.

The pair had been on the plane after a meeting with Atlantic Records to discuss the possibility of signing artists, including an artist Mandrell represents, Tallahassee-based rapper Mr. Bones.

Mandrell says he was sitting in a window seet and saw the engine fail and that the splashdown felt like a "bad automobile accident."

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