Today is the one year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson. Remember? US Airways Airbus 320 had to immediately land when geese flew in the engines and knocked them both out…but the only place to land was the Hudson River in New York. The pilot, Captain Chelsey B. Sullenberger III, or Sully, remained calm, cool and collected as he safely landed in the river. Everyone survived, and no one was badly injured. Sully led everyone out of the plane and onto the life rafts. He was the last to disembark.
Sully became known to the 155 passengers he saved “as the angel who saved their lives.”
Sully will remain a hero forever, but a year later, he’s still receiving heavy media attention. There was the TLC documentary on January 10th, “Brace for Impact”, a couple of books (the first was October’s “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters”) and scores of TV and live appearances.
Not that Sully doesn’t appreciate the gratitude, but the man wishes some things could go back to normal so he could have free time to do the things he loves—one of them being time to go skiing in Tahoe. “I miss going to Tahoe”, Sully said recently. “We’ll get there sometime”.
Hopefully once all the media attention dies down a bit, Captain Sully can sneak in a few Tahoe getaways with the family and have a ski trip fit for a hero.