When Harry Met Sully

In this image taken from the website of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., US Airways pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III is shown. An official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing, identified Sullenberger as the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which crash landed in the Hudson River in New York on Jan. 15, 2009, as Chelsey B. Sullenberger III. AP PHOTO

I met Sully today. Yes, I met and talked with the hero pilot who somehow managed to land his Airbus on the Hudson River. Like a real hero, Sully is reluctant to accept praise for the job he did.

Entirely too much attention has been focused on me, he said. Captain Sullenberger is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, where he first learned to fly gliders.

Sully has spent his life studying safety. Literally preparing for that afternoon when both engines went dead after encountering a flock of birds.

Sully put it this way, it's as if I've been making deposits in that bank my entire life, and that afternoon it was time for a withdrawal.

With both engines gone, the jumbo jet was in fact a glider that Sully managed to maneuver into a safe splash down. He said everything since has been a bit surreal.

But when the time comes and the dust from the attention settles, all he wants is to go back to work.
By Harry Smith
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