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Katie Couric speaks with <b>Capt</b>. Chesley "<b>Sully</b>" Sullenberger about the final moments before US Airways Flight 1549 made a dramatic landing in NY's Hudson River.
8 Jun 2009
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Watch the never seen video America's latest hero:, Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger, the infamous pilot of flight 1549, saved the lives of 150 passengers, two pilots, and three flight attendants on board. His act of heroism compels us to select him as 2009 Man of the Year. Help vote Captain Sully as our new American hero!
14 Mar 2009
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A flight simulation of US Air 1549 piloted by Chesley B. Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Skiles
8 Aug 2009
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A tribute to the heros of USAirways Flight 1549 with musical backing by Garrison Keillor singing his original song "Pilot". This video includes an animation from the short flight on January 15, 2009. The intro music is "Dindi" by the George Mauer Trio. Congratulations to the first responders, NYPD, NYFD, US Coast Guard, Air Traffic Controllers, and the entire flight and cabin crew on a job well done; Captain Chesley "Sully" B. Sullenberger III First Officer Jeffrey Skiles Flight Attendants; Donna Dent Doreen Welsh Sheila Dail
12 Mar 2010
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***Download ALL 29 recordings in MP3 FORMAT HERE*** US Airways Flight 1549 was a commercial passenger flight that ditched in the Hudson (North) River on January 15, 2009 with all 155 on board surviving. **MORE SCANNER RADIO AUDIO HERE...** About two minutes after its 3:25 pm takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, the Airbus 320 struck a flock of large birds while on climb out resulting in the immediate loss of all thrust from both engines. When the pilots concluded that the airliner would be unable to reach any airfield in unpowered flight, they turned it southbound just upriver from the George Washington Bridge and glided approximately eight miles to a successful intact ditching in the river at 3:31 pm near the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (North River Pier 86) in midtown Manhattan. All 150 passengers and 5 aircrew safely evacuated the cabin and were rescued from the partially submerged plane by the crews of nearby commercial and rescue watercraft. The entire crew of Flight 1549 was later awarded the Master's Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. According to the citation for that award, "This emergency ditching and evacuation, with the loss of no lives, is a heroic and unique aviation achievement. **MORE SCANNER RADIO AUDIO HERE...** US Airways Flight 1549 (also designated under a Star Alliance codeshare agreement as United Airlines Flight 1919) was a domestic route from New York City (LGA) to Charlotte/Douglas, North Carolina, with direct onward service to Seattle-Tacoma in Washington. On January 15, 2009, the flight was cleared for take off from Runway 4 at LaGuardia at 3:24:56 pm (20:24:56 UTC) and made its first report after becoming airborne at 3:25:51 as being at 700 feet and climbing. There were 150 passengers and five crew members on board.[2] Its aircrew consisted of the captain, first officer, and three flight attendants.The captain was Chesley Sullenberger, 57, a former fighter pilot who has been a airline pilot since leaving the Air Force in 1980. He is also a safety expert and a glider pilot. The first officer was Jeffrey B. Skiles, 49.[17][20][21] The flight attendants were Donna Dent,Doreen Welsh, and Sheila Dail. As is often the case when a regularly scheduled commercial flight is involved in an accident, use of the flight number was promptly discontinued. On January 16, 2009, the route was redesignated as US Airways Flight 1543, and it is scheduled to change again to Flight 1867 on February 12, 2009 **MORE SCANNER RADIO AUDIO HERE...** **MORE SCANNER RADIO AUDIO HERE...** **MORE SCANNER RADIO AUDIO HERE...** Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III (born January 23, 1951) is an American commercial airline pilot, safety expert and accident investigator from Danville, California, who successfully carried out the emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, offshore from Manhattan, New York City, on January 15, 2009, thus preventing any loss of life or significant property damage. There were 155 people on the plane. He is an international speaker on airline safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. The landing of flight 1549 was the first landing of an airliner on water without a fatality in over 50 years. Sullenberger was born to a dentist father a descendant of Swiss immigrants named Sollenberger and an elementary school teacher mother. He has one sister, Mary Wilson.the street on which he grew up in Denison, Texas, was named after his mother's family, the Hannas.[8] According to his sister, Sullenberger built model planes and aircraft carriers during his childhood, and might have become interested in flying after hearing stories about his father's service in the United States Navy.He went to school in Denison, and was consistently in the 99th percentile in every academic category. At the age of 12, his IQ was deemed high enough to join Mensa International.He also gained a pilot's license at 14. In high school he was the president of the Latin club,a first chair flute, and an honor student.His high school friends have said that Sullenberger developed a passion for flying from watching jets based out of Perrin Air Force Base.[8] He graduated from Denison High School in 1969 near the top of his class of about 350
12 Mar 2010
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"Prepare for impact!" was all the pilot of the US Airways airplane told the passengers before making an emergency landing in the Hudson River Thursday afternoon. The flight crew opened the exits of the Airbus A320 as the passengers steeled themselves for the icy waters and tried to remain calm in the cabin. "The left engine just blew. Fire, flames were coming out of it and I was looking at it because I was sitting right there. And it just started smelling like gasoline," a passenger told WNBC. "...Everyone started, to be honest, to say prayers." "Gotta give it to the pilot man," the shaken passenger added. "He did a helluva job." All of the passengers survived, according to initial reports thanks to the expertise, bravery and cool of the pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, a hero whose calm saved 155 people, including a little baby, from an icy and fiery death in what could only be called a miracle. "It looks like a miraculous rescue underway," Bill White of the nearby Intrepid Museum told reporters. "It was an extraordinary rescue effort." Ferry passengers who happened to be on the Hudson at the time of the crash jumped into action. We just started taking people from the wing and the inflatable rafts, said Janis Krums who was riding on one of the first boats to arrive and rescue the passengers. And we just started giving them clothes and keeping them warm in less than six or seven minutes we just had five or six boats helping. Stunned passengers struggled to describe the harrowing experience. I don't even know how to put it into words right now," Alberto Panero told CNN. "I actually grabbed one of the seats; that was the first thing that came to my mind. Some people grabbed the inflatable one. Immediately there were folks coming to us and throwing life jackets to us and helping us get to safety." "There were a couple of people who took charge and started yelling for everyone to calm down," Panero said. "Once everyone realized we were going to be OK, they settled down." Along the bank of the Hudson, eyewitnesses could not believe their eyes: a plane was flying impossibly low yet steady as can be. It was as if the pilot was approaching a runway, not the icy winter waters of Manhattans Hudson River. I saw a plane coming down the Hudson in very controlled fashion but much much lower than it should be, Christian Martin told MSNBC. It was really just a remarkable job It could not appear more controlled or smooth as the pilot touched down in the water. Eyewitness after eyewitness expressed shock. "I see a commercial airliner coming down, looking like it's landing right in the water," Bob Read, who saw it from his office window, told MSNBC. "This looked like a controlled descent." Witnesses who heard the crash did not know what to expect. It made this huge, gigantic splash, and I actually thought it was a boat crash at first, Fulmer Duckworth, 41, told the New York Times. It didnt occur to me that it was a plane in the water."
10 Jun 2010
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A respectful salute to Captain Chesley Sullenberger III and his crew and the Rescue Teams and all the responders for their unequalled skill and dedication, and to the passengers of flight 1549. On January 15, 2009 the flight departed LaGuardia Airport KLGA in New York headed for Charlotte, NC KCLT with 155 souls on board. What may have been a double bird strike caused both engines to fail shortly after takeoff, and the aircraft was amazingly landed on the Hudson River near New York City. Rescue Boats, ferry boats, tour boats and other vessels on the river responded and all 150 passengers and 5 crew survived.
5 Dec 2011
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Capt. Chesley Sullenberger recalls the moment birds collided with his aircraft, which he'd ditch in the Hudson River just minutes later.
16 Aug 2012
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United Airlines pilots haven't had a new contract for over nine years, and now their union is fighting back. CBS News aviation and safety expert Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg speak about the new campaign.
16 Aug 2012
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CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley speaks with famed pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger about the recent taxiway collision at Boston's Logan International Airport and the growing concern over tarmac safety.
22 Aug 2012
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A project is under way that could place a trash facility just 2,200 feet from a La Guardia Airport runway. Elaine Quijano reports. Also, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger speaks about the safety concerns of this trash plan.
24 Aug 2012
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Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill speak with aviation and safety expert Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger about the risk of planes diverting to foreign airports to refuel when crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
25 Aug 2012
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Katie Couric stopped by "The Early Show" to discuss her upcoming exclusive "60 Minutes" interview with Flight 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger.
30 Aug 2012
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Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and the crew of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 received a rare honor from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city of New York. Drew Levinson reports.
30 Aug 2012
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Transcripts reveal what Capt. Chesley Sullenberger said during the emergency landing in the Hudson River in January. Unfortunately not all pilots are as skilled. Nancy Cordes reports.
7 Sep 2012
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Katie Couric previews her upcoming interview with U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Cpt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his crew airing on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Feb. 8, 7pm ET/PT.
7 Sep 2012
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