Flight 1549

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Captain Sully Retires

Miracle on Hudson pilot says he'll remain a safety advocate

(Newser) - Hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who safely landed his US Airways jet in the Hudson River last year, is retiring after a final flight today. The captain, 59, says he “will continue to serve as the same kind of advocate I have always been—not only for aviation... More »

‘Miracle on Hudson’ Plane Up for Auction

Used Airbus for sale, some water and bird damage

(Newser) - The aircraft that hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed in the Hudson River a year ago has hit the auction block. The insurance company that paid off US Airways' claim in the crash is seeking to unload what's left of the Airbus 320 it took possession of, Wired ... More »

Sully Gets His Own Cocktail

It's a Manhattan with a splash, get it?

(Newser) - Today’s the first anniversary of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III’s death-defying Hudson River landing, and if you’d like to raise a glass and celebrate, here's just the thing. Renowned cocktail inventor Dale DeGroff whipped up a cocktail formula worthy of Sully’s name, and the New York ... More »

Sullenberger Leads Rose Parade

Hero of Flight 1549 feted in home state

(Newser) - Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger made a splash 3,000 miles from the Hudson River today, serving as grand marshal of the 121st annual Tournament of Roses Parade through the streets of Pasadena, Calif. This year's parade celebrated everyday heroes—a perfect fit for the captain of US Airways Flight 1549,... More »

Flight 1549 Passengers Find Love

Ben Bostic, Laura Zych brought together by Hudson landing

(Newser) - Everyone knows about the first “Miracle on the Hudson”—less well-known is the second, the story of two people brought together by Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s heroic landing. Ben Bostic first noticed Laura Zych before takeoff at the airport; they ended up sitting in different rows on Flight... More »

Decade's Happiest Endings

Capt. Sully, Elizabeth Smart, even the Red Sox make the cut

(Newser) - This decade has had its fair share of tragedy, but Newsweek collects some of its best happy endings:
  1. The Red Sox in 2004. Many New Englanders lived their entire lives without seeing a Sox championship, making it that much sweeter in '04.
  2. Sully and the Hudson: The calm-under-fire performance of
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Capt. Sully's Top Reward: 'Hero Sex'

Chesley Sullenberger, wife discuss sex life boost after flight 1549

(Newser) - What did expertly landing a plane on the Hudson River get “hero pilot” Chesley Sullenberger? “Hero sex,” says his wife. Lorrie Sullenberger tells Matt Lauer for Thursday’s People of the Year TV special that “the hero sex really helps a 20-year-old marriage,” the AP... More »

Decade's Best Live TV Moments

From Barack Obama's victory speech to the tumbling of Saddam's statue

(Newser) - Paste looks back on the decade’s 25 best—not necessarily most important—moments on live TV. The top 10:
  1. Barack Obama: His victory speech captured the moment when one part of Martin Luther King’s dream came true.
  2. Miracle on the Hudson: Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became
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Capt. Sully Plans Return to Flying

Hero pilot will also become part of US Airways' safety management team

(Newser) - Chesley Sullenberger, who saved the passengers and crew of US Airways Flight 1549 when he executed daring water landing on the Hudson River in January, will soon return to flying. The hero pilot's return to the cockpit is imminent, the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles reports. In addition to flying,... More »

Inability to Stop Dad's Suicide Drove Hero Pilot: Memoir

(Newser) - Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot hero of January’s Hudson River jet landing, was driven to help others by his father’s suicide, the New York Daily News reports. “One of the reasons I think I’ve placed such a high value on life is that my father took his,... More »

AIG Dodges Insurance Claims from Hudson Flight

Insurer accused of using goodwill towards flight crew to dodge paying up

(Newser) - Passengers from US Airways Flight 1549 are having a tough time getting its insurer, AIG, to cough up for claims, the New York Times reports. Aviation liability insurance requires a finding of negligence. But Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his crew were universally acknowledged to have performed amazingly well in saving... More »

NYC to Kill 2K Geese Near Main Airports

Bird strike that brought down Flight 1549 inspires hunt to kill 2K Canada geese

(Newser) - Sully's revenge: Authorities are going to round up and kill up to 2,000 Canada geese near JFK and LaGuardia airports, reports the New York Post. A bird strike led to pilot Chesley Sullenberger's unexpected detour on the Hudson in January, and the city and Port Authority want to lower... More »

Capt. Sully: I Could Have Done Better

Pilot testifies he wishes he'd warned crew before crash

(Newser) - Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the man the New York Daily News dubs the “Hero of the Hudson,” thinks he could have done better. “I wish I had had more time,” the now-famous pilot said today, testifying before the National Transportation Safety Board. His big regret: Not... More »

Belongings Trickle Back to Flight 1549 Passengers

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, items both practical and sentimental have been returned to the lucky passengers of Flight 1549, the New York Times reports. Even ruined belongings are packed carefully in tissue paper and dryer sheets. “It made a very emotional experience as positive as it could have... More »

Hero Pilot Documentary Headed for Cable in Late '09

Film to air in late 2009

(Newser) - Cable channel TLC has obtained exclusive rights to make a documentary on the story of Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully saved US Airways Flight 1549 with a daring water landing in January. The documentary will feature extensive interviews with Sullenberger discussing both his specific actions to save the plane... More »

To Promote Reporting, FAA Wants Bird Strike Info Secret

(Newser) - The FAA wants bird strike information kept confidential to encourage accurate reporting by airlines, ABC News reports. “There is a serious potential that information related to bird strikes will not be submitted because of fear that the disclosure of raw data could unfairly cast unfounded aspersions on the submitter,... More »

iPhone App Lets Users 'Fly' Like Sully

Flight simulator includes actual air traffic communication from US Airways 1549

(Newser) - A new iPhone app gives users the opportunity to compare their flying skills to those of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, reports the Unofficial Apple Weblog. The "Sully's Flight" simulator application re-creates the conditions experienced by Flight 1549 before the hero pilot safely brought it down in the Hudson River.... More »

Sully Gets $3M for Memoir, Poetry Book

Captain has more substance than most: editor

(Newser) - Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has landed a $3 million publishing deal for two books, Crain's New York Business reports. The hero captain will write a memoir about the Hudson River crash landing and a volume of poetry for William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins. It's the kind of deal publishers... More »

Flight 1549 Pilot 'Trying to Forgive Myself'

Talks to Katie Couric for first post-crash interview

(Newser) - Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is often called a “hero” for successfully landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, but Sullenberger doesn’t feel like a hero. “One of the hardest things for me to do was to forgive myself for not having done something else.... More »

Hero Pilot Recounts 'Sickening' Moment Engines Died

'Thank you' inadequate for speedy rescuers, says Sully

(Newser) - The moments after  the engines of US Airways Flight 1549 died were the worst of his life, hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger tells Katie Couric in a 60 Minutes interview to air Monday. Disbelief was followed by a "sickening, pit-of-your-stomach, falling-through-the-floor feeling," as an eerie silence and a disturbing... More »

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