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January 13, 2010. Waxhaw, North Carolina.. Vince Spera was one of the passengers on US Airways flight 1539 when it made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. After surviving the crash, Spera made a promise to spend more time with his family.. Mr. Spera helps his children, Sophia (10) and Gabe (7), with their homework..