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  • Miracle on the Hudson US Airways Flight 1549

    On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. However, three minutes into the flight, a flock of geese flew into the path of the airliner resulting in massive damage to the engines. Captain Chesley”Sully” Sullenberger and pilot Jeff Skiles were forced to land the aircraft, an Airbus 320, in the Hudson River. The miracle was that all survived the water landing.

    US Airways is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. A “family reunion” of sorts was held in the Charlotte City Chambers for the passengers and crew of the flight. Pat McCrory, then Mayor of Charlotte and future NC Governor, presented passengers and crew commemorative items.

    WRAL News Reporter Ken Smith.

  • WRAL news coverage of Haiti Earthquake 2010

    On January 12, 2010 Haiti was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The devastation was enormous. Many countries responded with humanitarian aide, including the United States. Locally, Pediatrician William C. Carr, MD, and Family Physician Lawrence J. Watts, MD, served on the medical mission organized by Global Medical Outreach of Sampson County.

    WRAL News anchor David Crabtree and photographer Keith Baker spent a week in Haiti covering the work performed by Sampson County physicians. They set up make-shift clinics and provided healthcare under primitive conditions. Crabtree and Baker were pressed into service by holding equipment and providing light from the news camera.

    Watch these two stories to gain insight into what Crabtree and Baker witnessed up close and personal.

    WRAL sent other reporters, photographers and engineers to Haiti to cover the devastation. This is just a glimpse into the coverage.

  • Vladimir Comes to America

    WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and news photographer Jay Jennings first met Vladimir Koslov in 1992 in Moscow. Vladimir and his family graciously served as one of several hosts to the NC Friendship Force during their visit to Russia.

    The favor was returned a few months later when Vladimir traveled to America. He split his time staying with Jay and his family, and with Donna and her family. The Jennings took him grocery shopping and to a hockey game. Donna showed Vladimir around the mall in Cary and the local schools and universities.

    Watch and listen to Vladimir share his insights into the differences between life in Russia vs life in America. Hint. There are more smiles in America.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Report #10 Religion in Russia

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    WRAL photographer Jay Jennings visited a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow where parishioners were able to openly worship again. During the years of communist rule, religion was prohibited.

    This is the tenth of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Report #9 Black Market

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    The expression, “money talks” rings true when it comes to haggling over price. In the black market of Moscow, American cigarettes and American money “talks” as well. The Russian interpreter, Mary Ann, showed Donna and Jay how to navigate the streets filled with vendors and come out with a bargain.

    This is the ninth of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

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