"I was very confident... and I knew once we landed, that the crew could evacuate the passengers and the rescue could begin," Sullenberger told "GMA."
And his serene tone on the radio, he said, "was practiced, it was years of experience dealing with challenges and knowing we had to face this challenge squarely and we had a job to do."
Passenger Frieda Muscatell said on "GMA" about having survived the crash: "There was that moment where you think, am I alive or is this part of the experience?"
Some passengers were also cool and busy during the crash.
Snodgrass said he texted his wife during the descent, called her while standing on the wing and leaning up against the fuselage and then took pictures of the scene.