Danville pilot hailed as hero in NY plane crash Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jan 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm
A Danville pilot is being hailed as a national hero after he made an emergency water landing in the Hudson River in New York this afternoon. All 150 passengers and the flight crew were rescued and none suffered serious injuries, according to news reports.
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Posted by CEASER, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm
The heroic landing that was perfomed with such skill and precision is the defining moment in Chesley Sullenbergers life. The fate of the passengers, and the lives of their loved ones, would have been tragic if not for his remarkable pilot.
Posted by M, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:03 pm
I hope one of Obama's first acts is to present this man with a medal. I'd even think it'd be great if Bush did it as his final act. I don't know the protocol or what he could receive, but a damn fine acknowledgment is in order!
Posted by M Wandell, a resident of another community, on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:27 am
Not only did Sully land the plane without breaking it apart, he made two trips up the isles and was the last one off to ensure everyone got off even though the plane was filling with water. I am willing to bet that he will be very modest about it and say that he was only doing his job. This man is a true hero.
Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:46 am
Yes, The man was tested and passed. I always want to think if I were in that position that I would do the same. Offer my life in the hopes of saving others, when push came to shove. These are the kinds of people who give us hope that at our very core, we care about something besides ourselves.
Posted by member, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm
What amazing individuals! All crew members aboard this flight with "Sully" (the captain) taking the lead need to be acknowledged. It took all of them to make this happen along with the civilians that came to the rescue from the water. To keep all of this under control enought to get everyone off the plane with very minor injuries considering the circumstances is quite an accomplishment. Thank you to all!
Posted by Carol, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2009 at 9:26 am
Although the captain is to be admired for what he did, the issue of the geese that got sacrificed into jet's engines was bought up by a fellow member of the PETA group I belong to. Something needs to be done saving geese and other birds while these jets are in operation.