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October 14th, 2009
07:50 AM ET

'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot returns to the scene

You've heard from Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger about how he saved his passengers, when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 went down in what's been called the "Miracle on the Hudson."

Now, for the first time, Captain Sully goes back to the scene. In a revealing interview, see what he told our John Roberts about the father he lost and how he feels about being called a hero now.

Read an excerpt from Capt. Sullenberger's new book, "Highest Duty."


Filed under: Transportation
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Houston Mom

    Why is this man not up for CNN Hero of the Year?

    October 15, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  2. J.J

    I think society is using the word "hero" too easily. All he did was his job. He did not do anything surpassing the ordinary. He was a skilled pilot who did his job and saved lives but he is not a hero. Now if it was an average person who was not a pilot that stepped up and landed the plane, then that would be considered heroic.

    Lets not diminish the word "hero" by overusing it.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  3. Tony K

    I would not as far to call this man a hero, he was the pilot. It is the pilots job to ensure the saftey of his or her passangers. He may be a great pilot but he did nothing above and behyond his duty. Should he be praised for doing a great job, yes. But not as a hero.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  4. ronvan

    This will always be one of the "great stories". Michael is correct that for these people Sully will be their hero and rightfully so.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  5. marilyn bowman

    i'm a black woman in america and loving it. my point is that black women have been betray as the most hated woman in america. we have been looked down on exspecialy by white women so why would a white woman want to color her skin black? there are beautiful black models avaliable.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  6. marilyn bowman

    i'm a black woman in america and loving it. my point is that black women have been betray as the most hated woman in america. we have been over and looked down on exspecialy by white women so why would a white woman want to color her skin black? there are beautiful black models avaliable.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  7. Terry

    Aside from the fact that he so skillfully landed his plane and saved so many lives – is the fact that in all his interviews – he seems to be such a calm, stable, empathetic and clear-thinking person – personal characteristics to emulate – a great role model for kids.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    It dosnt matter how the captain feels about being a hero those people were able to go home to there loved ones because of his quick thinking and to them hes superman .

    October 14, 2009 at 7:58 am |