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“Hero of the Hudson” Sullenberger Honored At Home Town

January 24, 2009

“He’s the most honorable man I know,” his wife said.  “The man that makes my tea in the morning.”

Captain Sullenberger said, “Circumstance determined the crew that day.  We were just doing what we were trained to do.”

“May the good forces of the Universe protect you,” a citizen sent to Danville’s Mayor, in a message for Sully…..
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger — who put his US Airways jetliner down on the Hudson minutes after both engines failed, and who walked the length of the drifting Airbus A320 twice to make certain that all 155 people on board got off safely — was greeted by several thousand cheering people gathered around the town square in Danville, California, for a celebration in his honor.

Mayor Newell Arnerich presented Sullenberger with a ceremonial key to the city, an upscale suburb near San Francisco. Sullenberger, who has avoided public comment since the January 15 incident, made very brief remarks.

He thanked the crowd for an “incredible outpouring of support.”

“Circumstance determined that it was this experienced crew that was scheduled to fly on that particular flight on that particular day,” Sullenberger said. “But I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do. Thank you.”

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Friends and neighbors of the pilot who safely landed a crippled jetliner in New York’s Hudson River planned to give him a hero’s homecoming on Saturday.

Associated Press

The mayor and other officials were preparing to greet US Airways Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his family with a ceremony on Danville’s town green.

Sullenberger, who lives in this San Francisco Bay Area suburb, has been lauded nationwide for gliding Flight 1549 to an emergency river landing on Jan. 15 after both of the plane’s engines were disabled following a collision with a flock of birds. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued.

Community members planned to celebrate his feat with music, an honor guard and other presentations.

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In this image taken from the website of Safety Reliability Methods, ... 
US Airways pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger III.

Bird Found in Miracle Hudson River Crash-Landing

January 22, 2009

After the miracle landing in the Hudson River, we said “Find that Bird.”  Tonight, the NTSB says they have it!  This is another testiment to the greatness of America, where investigators work for long periods doing detailed crash analysis so we save lives in the future.

The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his flight crew were the first heroes of this event.  Now the investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are my heroes, along with other experts they use. 

The NTSB says this investigation could take a year.

Samples of the bird material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis….

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Hudson River Miracle: “Find That Bird”
 “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot: Older Pros Sure Worth Having


A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near ... 
A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near the wing of the US Airways airplane which crashed in the Hudson River, where the aircraft is secured and awaiting removal, in New York, January 16, 2009.REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)


Investigators said Wednesday they have found the remains of what may be a bird in the engine of the US Airways jet that made a dramatic landing in New York’s Hudson River. The National Transportation Safety Board said an examination of the Airbus 320‘s right engine revealed evidence of “soft body damage” and that “organic material” was found in the engine and on the wings and fuselage.

Samples of the material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis, the board said.

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer

A single feather was found attached to a flap track on the wing and will be examined by experts at the Smithsonian Institution.

The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, reported a “double bird strike” and a loss of power in both engines before gliding the plane to an emergency river landing last week. All 155 people on board the flight to Charlotte, N.C., survived.

The board also reported Wednesday that….

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Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 ... 
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Jersey City, N.J. The jet was moved Sunday night from the southern tip of Manhattan where it was lifted out of the icy Hudson River. The Airbus A320 crash landed in the Hudson last Thursday after hitting birds and losing thrust in both engines.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)