Posted tagged ‘Sully Sullenberger’

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Pilot Retires

March 3, 2010

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted a US Airways flight during its emergency water landing on the Hudson River last year, has announced his retirement.

I’m sure it will be nice to actually be able to retire, take some time with his family and friends, and of course, I’m sure that a book must be in the works!

From the Associated Press:

Sullenberger, 59, joined US Airways’ predecessor airline in 1980. Until 2007, the mandatory retirement age was 60 for commercial pilots in the U.S. The top age for retirement is now 65.

Flight attendant Doreen Welsh, 59, who was on Flight 1549 when it landed in the Hudson, is also retiring. Welsh, 59, joined US Airways’ predecessor airline in 1970.

All 150 passengers survived the emergency river landing in January 2009 when the plane’s engines were struck by birds.

Man Survives Hudson River Crash Then Loses Job

April 17, 2009

Frank Scudere thought that all was good in the world when he survived the crash of flight 1549.

Now, Scudere finds himself in the same position as thousands of others across the country,

looking for work.


In seat 24B as US Airways Flight 1549 fell silently toward the Hudson River, attorney Frank Scudere did not know that his name was on the list of lawyers that his firm planned to lay off the next morning.

In a one-in-a-million event, Scudere and his fellow passengers survived the plane’s river ditching on Jan. 15, and he walked away with nothing worse than wet clothes. But he could not escape an everyday event that has claimed millions of other victims: He lost his job and found himself questioning his self worth.

Now he’s a 48-year-old unemployed attorney. Like the Biblical Job, who lost and gained everything, Scudere searches for an elusive meaning in suffering and redemption. He’s grateful, a bit angry and reflective. “I don’t feel sorry for myself,” he said. “It just shows the randomness of life, and the inevitability of loss. You can lose, and yet you can still be preserved. I lost my job, and yet I have my life.”

Twitter Once Again Scoops Mainstream Media on US Airways Crash

January 16, 2009

While the heroic landing of a US Airways jet in New York’s Hudson River continues to make headlines, it was news on Twitter well before the first camera crews arrived.

We also saw pictures taken from citizen journalists that informed much of the reports early on, including a picture Tweeted by Janis Krums that has now been looked at nearly 100,000 times. The power of social media!

From Social Media Today:

The plane crash in the Hudson River in New York yesterday, is front page news also here in Sweden. It’s a fascinating story with a happy ending for the 155 people onboard thanks to a heroic performance by the pilot and his crew. And once more we see the power in social media when it comes to reporting breaking news in real time. My colleague Erin Byrne has a good description about how she heard the news first via Twitter.

“I first learned of the story via a “newsbreak” type alert from Twitter to my mobile phone.”

Among the very first reports was a Twitter post by Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida, who was on a ferry that arrived on the scene just a few minutes after the plane had crashed into the freezing water. People were standing on the wings waiting to be rescued when Krums posted a note – There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.” The photo he took from his iPhone was probably the first to be posted online and it has already been viewed more than 90,000 times on TwitPic alone.

Only thirty-four minutes after Krums had posted his photo online he was interviewed live on TV by MSNBC (video here). Other traditional media also reached out via social media to get hold of eyewitness stories. The Charlotte Observer first sent a news alert via Twitter and then posted several requests on Twitter. via TwitPic:

BREAKING: US Airways Flt.1549, bound for Charlotte, has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City. Updates at

If anybody sees passengers or witnesses on crashed jet twittering, pls DM to Observer

we’re looking for stringers with a journalism background for tonight in suburban New Jersey. DM to the Observer

we’re looking for stringers with a journalism background for tonight in suburban New Jersey. DM to the Observer #planecrash

#flight1549 Contact the Observer if you were on the plane – we’d love to tell your story. DM this address

#Hudson #USAirways Contact the Observer if you were on the plane – we’d love to tell your story!

The pilot Sully Sullenberger already has 22 fan groups on Facebook and there is even a Swedish one. Well deserved.

Probe Begins in US Airways Crash

January 16, 2009

Investigators are making preparations to pull the crashed US Airways jetliner out of the Hudson River and begin a probe into the cause of the crash.

From the Washington Post:

Investigators positioned a giant marine crane and a barge at the site in Lower Manhattan where the Airbus A320 lies largely submerged in the river, tethered to a pier until it can be hauled out for detailed inspection. The barge sat beside the downed plane, of which only the tail section and one wing were visible above the water.

Meanwhile, investigation teams led by the National Transportation Safety Board gathered at a downtown hotel to plot out the initial phase of the investigation. Authorities have not yet announced the cause of the crash, but preliminary indications were that it probably hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte.

In a news conference to honor first responders, as well as the five-member crew of Flight 1549, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the prompt and efficient rescue effort showed “the indomitable spirit of our city,” adding, “No matter how bad things get, New Yorkers can get through anything.”

“This is a story of heroes,” he said. “This is something right out of a movie script.”

Bloomberg said he was holding onto a golden key to the city to be awarded to the plane’s crew until he can present it personally. He said the captain, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, is enjoined from speaking publicly about the accident while the NTSB is investigating. Sullenberger, co-pilot Jeff Skiles and three flight attendants not yet publicly identified have been widely hailed for their actions in ditching the plane safely in the frigid waters of the Hudson and safely evacuating the 150 passengers.