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Sully 208 Seconds

“Over 40 years in the air, but in the end I'm going to be judged on 208 seconds.”

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river after losing both engines over New York City.

The entire flight took 208 seconds and would later be called the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’

DATE

January 15, 2009

TEMPERATURE

20°F

FLIGHT

US Airways Flight 1549

LAGUARDIA

LGA

CHARLOTTE

CLT

CAPTAIN

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

FIRST OFFICER

Jeffrey Skiles

2

PILOTS

150

PASSENGERS

3

CREW

At 3:27pm EST, US Airways Flight 1549 suffers a devastating bird strike.

The next few minutes would change lives forever.

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SECONDS

ALTITUDE

2 8 3 3

FEET

“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. This is Cactus 1549. Hit birds. We've lost thrust on both engines.”

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

Bird Strike

A bird strike is the collision between an aircraft and one or multiple birds. Ninety percent occur during take off or landing.

Flight 1549 was unique in that both engines were struck, removing all forward thrust at only 2800 feet.

Commercial pilots are trained to handle bird strikes, but no one had ever experienced dual engine loss at such a low altitude over a heavily populated area.

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SECONDS

ALTITUDE

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FEET

“Which engine did you lose?”

Air Traffic Control

“Both. Both engines.”

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

The Pilot

Captain Chesley B. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III.

First Solo Flight

At the age of 16 Sully took his first solo flight.

1967

Graduates as Outstanding Cadet

After graduating as Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Sully went on to be a USAF F-4 Phantom pilot.

1973

Becomes Commercial Pilot

Sully joins US Airways as a commercial pilot.

1980

Expert in Airline Safety

Sully joins the Air Line Pilots Association as a safety volunteer and accident investigator. He later helps to further develop air-safety training procedures in Crew Resource Management.

1989

Experience in Airbus A320

Sully clocked up 4,765 hours of flight time in Airbus A320 planes.

2002

US Airways Flight 1549

Sully is 57 when he takes control of Flight 1549. He had been flying for over 40 years with 19,700 flight hours under his belt.

Jan 15, 2009

“Cactus 1549, if we can get it for you, do you want to try runway one-three?”

Air Traffic Control

“We are unable. We may end up in the Hudson.”

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

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SECONDS

ALTITUDE

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FEET

“What about over to our right? Anything in New Jersey? Maybe Teterboro?”

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

What happened next would come to be known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.

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SECONDS

ALTITUDE

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FEET

“This is the captain. Brace for impact.”

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

“Cactus 1549. Radar contact lost.”

Air Traffic Control

“All those people. God help them.”

Air Traffic Control

“Brace! Brace! Brace!”

Cabin Crew

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SECONDS

ALTITUDE

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FEET

These 208 seconds were just the beginning.

SULLY

The untold story of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.