We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme –20th June 2021 at 7pm on C103. (S.R.)
Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 20th June
Twelve years ago, US Airways Flight 1549 landed safely on the Hudson River in New York after a bird strike resulted in engine failure. All 155 people on board were rescued.
This week on Where the road takes me, Fred Caruso joins John Greene to tell of his experience aboard a commercial flight to Germany in 1962, when the engines went on fire and the pilot ditched the plane amongst house-high waves 500 miles from the Irish coast. In three days the life rafts had almost reached the Galley Head Lighthouse.
Fred who was a 22 year old US Paratrooper at the time talks about writing a final letter of thanks to his parents and why he refused to take responsibility for one of the two children on board.
Twenty two of the passengers died on the life raft and those who survived were brought to Cork.
Fred tells of his terrible battle with post-traumatic stress, meeting his wife Ellen and settling in Glengariffe.
The Fred Caruso story on Where the road takes me – this Sunday evening at 7 on C103.