January 16, 2009


Posted: 03:14 PM ET

Because of our breaking coverage of yesterday's "Miracle on the Hudson," we're asking our "Question  of the Day" again!  We want to hear from you!  So Comment below and tune-in tonight.   We just may use your comment in our live show! larryking

Does the crash-landing of U.S. Airways Flight #1549 change your attitude toward flying?



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Sherry Gardner   January 15th, 2009 7:59 pm ET

No. I am closer to "GOD" up in the air and everyone else is below!

Jesse   January 15th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

George Bush changed my attitude about flying.

I'm so broke from Bushies ineptness as a President, I don't think I'll be able to fly the rest of my life.

Effff. George Bush.

PAMELA   January 15th, 2009 8:29 pm ET


Kelli from Tampa   January 15th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

I love to travel too much not to fly. However, if our economy gets worse and airlines start laying off mechanics, I might reconsider.

Marc frank   January 15th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Well being a survior of the Lynyrd skynyrd Band plane crash in 1977, todays crash just makes me think how "Lucky" they were to have such great pilots, and we had the worst.
I still fly but dont like it. It sticks with you, and yes THEY ARE AS BAD AS YOU THINK THEY ARE.

hugh ~ california   January 15th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

I've never been truly afraid of flying, but I had a few uncomfortable moments during the first few plane flights I was ever on. It seems a bit unnatural soaring in the stratosphere! Fortunately for the passengers on Flight #1549 the pilot was an expert glider pilot. I'm sure those skills was the deciding factor for everyone onboard. Maybe that should be a mandatory skill for any future passenger pilot , as most who have unable to glide such a huge plane moments upon impact with the water. Someone educate me if I'm wrong.

Mike Brant   January 15th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

I have been sitting here wondering that this is not the first time birds being sucked into plane engines brought down planes and why is there not screens over the engines?

donna kinnison   January 15th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

No. It's my understanding that the past 2 years of flying has been the safest in recent history. I take my hat off to the pilot who did his best to land the airplane as safely as possible and spared the lives of all the passengers aboard. I'm thankful they are safe and I hope the pilot receives the highest honors.

Peggy from California   January 15th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

The story of the miraculous spirit of Americans helping each other should give all of us hope toward a better future –we need not worry about prevaiingl during dark economic times! We will be just fine!

hugh ~ california   January 15th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Sorry CNN Correcto mundo me typos! 🙂
I’ve never been truly afraid of flying, but I had a few uncomfortable moments during the first few plane flights I was ever on. It seems a bit unnatural soaring in the stratosphere! Fortunately for the passengers on Flight #1549 the pilot was an expert glider pilot. I’m sure those skills was the deciding factor for everyone onboard. Maybe that should be a mandatory skill for any future passenger pilot , as most would have been unable to glide such a huge plane moments upon impact with the water. Someone educate me if I’m wrong.

Alex   January 15th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

As a flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier, I want to praise the crew for the fastidious actions in todays incident. While the pilots landed the plane safely in the river, I cannot understand why the media has not and does not acknowledge the actions of the flight attendants. This is what we are trained for and the main reason why we are onboard these planes. Passengers need to always pay attention to the safety demonstrations and read the safety cards regardless of how much of a frequent flier they are. Hats off to the FLIGHT ATTENDANTS for a job well done!

Carlos P.   January 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

While the aircraft was descending into the Hudson River, where the flight attendants commanding passengers to take certain actions? After the aircraft came to a stop, after hitting the water, did the flight attendants command certain actions to be taken by passengers?

Mara   January 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

No it doesn't scare me because of the wonderful job the pilots did. WOW that was amazing and they are truly heros! American hero's! God Bless America!

Daniela Sala Millet   January 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am a Flight Attendant for USAirways based at LaGuardia. I hope this is a wake-up call to all the passengers who never pay attention when we do the safety demo. And I also hope that this incident will reinstate the respect that we so fully deserve.

Scott Parkin   January 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I sent an e-mail about :30 concerning the way CNN announcers were only crediting 1 pilot. I will not repeat that but please pass on Kudos to Dr. Phil for clarifying that those 2 pilots form a crew. They are well versed on CRM (Crew Resource Management) which is a term used to describe how a team works together. This team includes front end crew, back end crew and any other resources available to them, ie. ATC, Company Dispatch, etc. It was a well trained CREW that led to the success of this event.


Heather Johnson   January 15th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Isnt there some kind of a screen over the aircraft engines to prevent bids or anything thing else getting in there? My hats off to the pilot and the crew.Thank God everyone is ok. The angels were out there on the Hudson today.

Heather Johnson
West Covina, Ca.

Kathy Capizzi   January 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why did no reporter offer survivor Jeff Koladay a coat? He was wet and freezing and stood there while reporters questioned him, and not one reporter thought about him, just the story! Ridiculous!

Nastassja from Jamaica   January 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

No, this crash hasn't changed my attitude about flying but i will be thinking twice when I am in a plane again. I think that the relevant authorities should put meshes in front of the engines, which will prevent any objects from getting into the engines,so as that to prevent a recurrence of today's crash. The pilot is a hero!!

Valerie Woods   January 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Why can't they design a "bird" guard...much like the "bug" guard for race /fast cars.... a screen of some kind to prevent the intake of the birds....????

David Keene   January 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

They're all really lucky to be alive, but how come so many standing on the wings weren't wearing or even carrying life jackets or seat cushions, and what about that guy standing by himself on the wing with his computer over his shoulder, and no life vest...

*** *******   January 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hi, Larry Just want to say tremendous job by the crew of flight #1549. While following the story I have heard alot about a flock of birds possibly causing the engine failure. I read a couple of days ago in either the NY Times or Wall Street of several engine failures on the Airbus jets possibly due to a faulty compressor. I tried searching both online papers for the artcile but without sucess. Perhaps some one from your staff would have better luck.

Chandra D   January 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

People on the flight must be Thanking the one person on the flight because of him every one were saved.

Luigi Falconi   January 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Not at all. It confirms my belief that in some jobs like airline pilot, you can't beat experience . I hope that the airlines realize this when they try to force retire the older experienced pilots. Keep the old guys while the young kids get their experience.


Sardonicuz   January 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Can CNN cover more than one story at a time?
Is the conflict in Gaza over?
Did anything happen in the Senate/House today?
Was the Iraq/Afghan thing postponed for a day?
Is Wall St. on hiatus?
Couldn't anyone more irrelevant than Dr. Phil be found?

Juan Carlos Porcella   January 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Aviation has become safer than ever. Today is proof of what happened today.

Good job for the crew of US Airways and the passengers as well.

dc   January 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

it doesn;t change mine as an airline employee but i hope it changes the way that the customers feel about flying and DELAYS..... weather/mechanical/atc..because when you're up your up and there is nothing that will stop you from coming down...i rather delayed for hours than to be in a aircraft accident..

John Wheeler   January 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Pilot did a gread job. How close is this Grey Beard to the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots. We need pilots with his experience in the air...not forced into retirement

Debbie Riley   January 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

How many people are thanking God for the miracle?? Let us all thank God, please, don't leave God out of this miracle.

Jeff Mason   January 15th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Why aren't planes built with flotation devices in the wings in case of an emergency water landing?

Joselito   January 15th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I would like to praise the Flight crew and the Cabin crew of US Airlines Flight 1549 for a tremendous job during the plane ditching on the Hudson river. As a Flight Attendant I am extremely proud of the entire flight crew to ensure tha safety of the passengers was of the utmost priortity! Thank you to Mary and Dr. Phil for appraising the job that we, as a Flight Attendants, do to keep our passengers safe. God bless you all.......

Joe Torrillo   January 15th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I am truly grateful for thre miraculous survival of all of the passengers,
especailly because I find the training of passengers pathetic to say the least.
I recntly returned from the midwest back to NY, and it was impossible to understand the the flight attendants accent.
I did NOT understand a word he said, besides speaking 100 miles an hour
I was so disgusted by the casualness of the way airlines explain their safety and survival procedeures.
The traning should be done inside the Terminal with simulators and having passenfers actually practicing donning and inflating their life jackets.
It;s a miracle the passengers ( who obviously have no training at all )
actually remembered the 20 second mumbo-jumbo safety speech.
Most flight attendants appear as if it is a hassle having to go thru the " lightning fast " training speech

Joe Torrillo
former Directot of Fire Safety Education
New York City Fire Dept

Mike Rebman   January 15th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Don't forget that in the mid 70s a DC10 flew into a large flock of birds on takeoff from JFK at a very low altitude and all 3 engines shutdown. The plane went down in a field off the runway. All the people survived this. Amazing considering how far apart the engines are on a DC10. Large flocks of birds are a problem for the NY area airports.

Helen Mann   January 15th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

The reports of how this pilot handled this emergency shows this pilot had excellent training!

GEORGE PISTORESI   January 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET



Janice   January 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

As the wife of a pilot, every time I see a plane accident on the news my heart goes in my throat. There is no doubt these people were saved by the skill of the Captain and FO, and the FA's. I think credit goes to the passengers too- from what I heard the passengers stayed calm and listened to crew and were helpful. I'm proud of these New Yorkers. Other crashes I have heard passengers panicked then later whine about unreasonable things. Passengers fail to take responsibility for their own safety when they do not respect safety instructions of the crew. I worry that unruly passengers harm not only themselves but the crew by causing delay. Please get the word out to passengers that they have an important role in flying other than just complaining about peanuts! (though I can sympathize about the peanuts) Crews have little control over the peanuts, but they save your life. Crews deserve a healthy respect, even if passengers cannot respect an airline's policies.

JUNE WHITE   January 15th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I was so glad to hear Dr. Phil say that flight attendants are not waitress in the sky-my Daughter is a flight attendant and she has to attend safety classes very often and that is the main reason for her job for 20 years, and has always told me if anything happens to her that she died doing what she loves to do. My heart goes out to all the crew.

Uso   January 15th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I agree with the comment by Kathy Capizzi – how come no one gave the guy (Jeff Koladay) a blanket or coat or hot tea or something? That was terribly disturbing. They were only worried about getting their questions answered instead of acting like human beings and coming to the aid of another human being who could have died. That is pathetic and they should be ashamed of themselves!

Tanika   January 15th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

It's funny I've been scared to fly for years. Never ever step foot on an air plane in my life however after hearing of the plane crash and hearing of the survival of all the passengers aboard, this makes me want to fly because I know that there's a chance that I can survive too if my plane should ever crash. God forbid. However the only way I would fly is If the pilot that was aboard this plane was aboard my plane.


Mike   January 15th, 2009 10:16 pm ET


Certainly major thank you to the Pilots for an outstnding job landing that A/C. .....Fantastic Job !......But also.... a SUPERB Job by the FLIGHT ATTENDANTS for performing their job and getting the passengers out in 90 seconds .... without a single fatality! Had they not been so alert the outcome could have been so very different. Thank God they were so SUPERB! These Flight Attendants responded with incredible speed and efficiency! hats off to all of them! FANTASTIC JOB! Safety on the A/C is a team effort between the Flight Deck and the Flight Attendants!


Richard Smykle   January 15th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

We were on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles some years ago and shortly after takeoff one of the engines sucked in a large bird which of course knocked the fan blades off and they started to chew up the housing causing much virbration. The pilot shut down the engine and then told us we lost a engine and was returning to the airport. I felt that we would be okay. The problem on a two engine jet is when you land you cannot use your engine to stop as it would just spin the aircraft around so we took the longest runway and landed with only our brakes. It was a little scary.

This piolot, i BELIEVE, because of his glider experience did a terrific job in landing.

Joe Torrillo   January 15th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Thank God for Caprain Sully's expertise and bravery.
I hope the airlines start taking passenger training much more seriously.
The training is way too casual in my opinion.
I am sure all passengers would ptactice removing thier seat as a flotation devuce, donning their life jacket ( and inflating it by blowing in the tubes ) .
How about opening the emergency exit ?
I always volunteer for this duty, BUT it would be nice if the airlies actually had a simullator where noble and courageous passengers could practice.

Phillip Ketron   January 15th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Kudos to the flight crew and their training. Also, to the passengers in remaining calm.

Mr. King, one question. Why did you ask so many technical questions of the doctors, when the aviation expert was on the show? Who better to ask questions about the options the pilots had, what was going through their minds and what effect the bird strikes had on the airplane then aviation expert, who is also a pilot?

george   January 15th, 2009 10:25 pm ET


Megan Mitrokostas   January 15th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Birds may have brought this plane down today but angels most have kept this planeup, with the amazing flight crew that guided these people to safety what an amazing story. Again, Americans rushing to help all that need it.

Joe Torrillo   January 15th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

On behalf of all of the passengers and crew members of US AIrwyas flight # 1549 I want to extend a BIG Thank You to all of the rescuers.
To the Pilots and flight crew for your professionalism in a most stressful situation, you proved yourself to be real hero's.
To all of the passengers that remained calm and focused, and caring for your fellow passengers, may God bless you all ...always all ways

kirk vowell   January 15th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I think the plane landing in the hudson river makes me more confident to fly because of the professional training and the leadership that was exhibited by this crew today. Let me also say, with our economic crisis going on americans have been pretty blue of lately. I think the heroism and the cool thinking of the crew made america smile again and feel good about something. Kirk Vowell

Ellen Stucker   January 15th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

As a former "stewardess" I am absolutely riveted to each newscast I can find about US Air going down, knowing how water landings are typically unsurvivable, as planes do, many times, catapult in the water, (I can remember seeing in my mind's eye, the picture from my training manual all these many years later with that action) and the pilots laid this 81 ton plane down so "gently" acc'd to most aboard–going about 180 MPH. I can tell you that God was truly under those wings today. Those people today–their time simply was not up.

Congratulations to ALL the crew for their training, their good decisions, and the subsequent help from the ground crews. What a total performance. "Miracle" is ultimately the right term. Ellen Stucker

marty   January 15th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

No, I fly often and have eperienced 2-3 emergency landings at LGA,

Birds both times the planie hit a bird. they tend to shoot birds on the run ways and should continue but the PETA knuckle heads are not letting this happen. 30 years ago they shot birds but they have stopped it is only time when the birds will win and a plane will crash.

Elizabeth from Monaca, Pennsylvania   January 15th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

what a beautiful and heart warming sight to witness humanity in its finest hour in the midst of a tragedy, people helping people, God bless those ferry boat operators who immediately responded in minutes to rescue the freezing, passengers. Someone said it was like a symphony, and it couldn't have been more beautiful if it was rehearsed a trillion time as the boats ralllied around the plane rescuing the passengers. Also, kudos to the pilot, flight attendants, Coast Guard who are all reflections of the true American spirit. TRUE AMERICAN HEROES, ALL WHO THOUGHT OF HELPING THE PERSON NEXT TO THEM INSTEAD OF THINKING OF THEMSELVES FIRST .

Deb Smith   January 15th, 2009 10:56 pm ET


I was a flight attendant with American Airlines in the mid -nineties flying out of Dulles airport. On 6:20 a.m departure I was in the 757 #3 jumpseat near engine right. Upon climbout of takeoff I the plane shook hard and a loud band in the right engine. I was facing the coach cabin and kept my cool but felt a bit shaky. I got out of my jumpseat early to go forward to first class and the cockpit. The pilots did not know right away what it was and yet had a right engine light warning. We turned back and 44 minutes later were was a canadian goose that went in the right engine and some of the blades were bent. It was relieving to be back but I was mentally preparing for whatever might come , Hats off the the fabulous US Airways crew!

carol kesling   January 15th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

the pilots& crew are all heros !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my hats are off to all of them....

Betty Padgett   January 15th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Correction: In a former comment I placed the plane landing in the Potomac River. I goofed

To God Be the Glory

Granville Barker   January 16th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Larry, you guys keep talking about the 155 people Sully saved, but your forgetting about the thousands he saved by using the Hudson as a runway rather than trying to make it through the city! This guy saved thousands of lives, I hope he gets rewarded for his heroism!

Lutrecia   January 16th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Wow! Super job by pilot Sully of US Airways flight# 1549 and his crew for engineering a successful rescue of more than 150 passengers. Hey, I've got a novel idea. Why don't we fashion a strong mesh cover over the plane's engine casings to prevent birds from flying inside of them? Tweet.

Mike in Honolulu   January 16th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Hi Larry,

I am a Pilot and engineer. Jet engines do get "shot" with lots of dead chickens during certification test. They also get hosed down with huge amounts of water. Remarcably they can "digest" lots of water and birds. But in rare cases the engine turns literaly into a meat grinder, when a whole flok gets "ingested" the engine / engines can at some point quit.

Mike in Hawaii

ed ,vancouver canada   January 16th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Congratulations and the utmost of respect to the captain,first officer and all the flight attendants.U.S. Airways and all major airlines invest millions of dollars in ppc checkouts,recurrency and simulator time to prepare for an emergency like this one..Without split second decisions and accuracy,this would have had a different outcome.Screen designs are not as easy to design for a turbofan engines as one might assume.The crossflow attack angle, the air intake velocity needed for high altitude performance,the induced and parasitic drag, danger to icing problems, and the weight and structural integrity to take a direct hit at speeds of 170kts make screens a problem.If there was a screen clogged with birds,the engine would still malfunction.Not much can be done about it except to clear the area using sound guns etc. before take off.Once again,the entire crew did an incredible job.

Salam   January 16th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Thank God first. The pilot is a hero but god comes first

Erika Christ   January 16th, 2009 12:55 am ET

This accident would not change my love and need to fly. As a pilot, I am extremely curious about the line of thoughts Mr. Sullenberger had running through his mind from the moment of bird impact till the last passenger was evacuated.

susan bell   January 16th, 2009 12:57 am ET

yes hats of to the pilot for quick thinking and landing this plane. Sudjestion, could a grid be installed in front of the engine to prevent the birds hitting the blades.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 16th, 2009 1:02 am ET

jet engines need to be installed backwards and use the thrust reversers to generate the thrust.The cone will deflect the birds.At cruising speeds the engines are hydraulically rotated to face forward.The engines could be set at angles for cross cutting side winds,avoiding stalling the blades.

Debbie Gronlund   January 16th, 2009 3:36 pm ET

Hi Larry; The fact that the pilot teaches gliding, isn't it true that this came into play. When that plane lost 2 engines the pilot turned to his gliding techniques to get him landed safely if so shouldn't all pilots learn this

Cathy G   January 16th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

this has nothing to do with the topic of the day, but I don't know who to contact. GET RID of Rick Sanchez. He has to be the most annoying, condescending, rude person on t.v. The rest of the CNN personalities are kind, caring and have a great personality. Larry, Anderson, Wolf, T.J. and all the rest are great, but Rick has to go,the sooner the better.Thanks for your time, love you to bits.

Tag Jackson   January 16th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

It does not scare me about flying but, how would they get someone like my off the plane who is disabled (I use crutches and a scooter for long distances).

Demetrus Lofton   January 16th, 2009 4:32 pm ET


Jack   January 16th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

After nearly 100 years of flying why are birds still bringing down aircraft.

MICHELE ANDEERSON   January 16th, 2009 4:35 pm ET



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sheila carlin   January 16th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

I cannot believe that the Larry King show would devote an hour to the subject of Oprah Winfrey's weight !!! This is not an important subject and it is time that a lot less time be spent on so called celebrities with more money than they know what to do with. Larry King should be working on the Katrina residents who still have no homes as well as underpriviledged families in the United States. The fact that people in your country have no health coverage is an outrage and it appears that those in power have no desire to provide one.Wake up and look at the real problems and encourage the wealthy to give to those who need homes and food.

Teressa Brown   January 16th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Last Sunday I hear a Evangelist say “You wanna see a group of people calling on God ? Well …Put them in a crashing plane and even the hardest of the atheist will call out to God.!!! This evangelist was almost in a crash a few years ago so he spoke from experience. I just saw one of the passengers saying almost the same thing as the Evangelist had said
The man said all the passengers were praying As passengers are being interviewed, they are GIVING GOD THE GLORY and saying it was a miracle that Captain Sully landed the plane I bet Captain Sully will say the he was only the co-piolet and GOD was in control. Sully is a hero and a”modern day Mosses”- The water did split on Sully but it served as landing strip and all the people in the plane, boats, buildings, cars, and on land were spared. Even the photo of the plane looks like a giant angel jutting out of the water with the passengers standing on his wings. Just Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One reporter summed it up this statement -“ Something “just” lined up in the universe to bring about this miracle” !!!-- well yeah IT WAS THE MAKER OF THE UNIVERSE HIMSELF AND AGAIN I SAY PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR HIS MERCY

joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 16th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

I have never been a big fan of flying, but the next time I do I hope and pray that the pilot will be as experienced as the pilot who so skillfully landed the plane in the Hudson river. I think this pilot should teach all pilots defensive flying.

Lenny   January 16th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

For most of my life I have been scared to death when I fly. These airline hero's have really changed my feelings about flying in the future. I really think I will be less nervous seeing the outcome of this heroic event.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 16th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

Larry king, i feel as a pilot,you and alot of others are creating unnessecary anxiety.
It is the bird hazard that needs to be addressed.
Aircraft are far safer than cars.The first officer is also capable of flying the aircraft.The pilot of this A320 is trained like all pilots,first officers,and the flight safety officers(attendants)to deal with this kind of emergency.The major airline pilots are all of this caliber,except the opportunity does not arise to demonstrate it.The airlines invest millions of dollars in ppc,recurrency,and simulator time to prepare for this type of situation.I am not happy with the fact that the flight crew did not get the recognition they deserve for the evacuation.The captain did an amazing job,but the crew did an amazing job as well, of getting the plane evacuated quickly.When you take a flight next time please pay attention to the safety briefing.It has a purpose.And rest assured,the persons at the controls of that aircraft are highly trained and capable.

Laurie Donaldson   January 16th, 2009 6:56 pm ET

I would fly agaijn but I think I would be more picky on what seat I wanted and I don't think it would be in the back of the plane.

cecilia garzone   January 16th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

It is just unbelievable for me to see that plane yesterday. I live on the cliffs of New Jersey and watched the plane that went into the WW Towers. Now to see another plane flying that low was just too much. I am thankful this time that I didn't see it. But for once we as a country came together. Yes we are a great Nation with great people. We all just need a brake to get us back on track. Let's all pray that our new President will truly help us.

Hillary Hopkinton, NH   January 16th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

Yes it changes my opinion. Bird Vs. Plane. Plane wins This time!

George   January 16th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Everyone is praising the Pilot and so they should. But at the end of the day it is the cabin crew that quickly disembarks the passengers from the plane quickly and safely and they are not given the cudo's they deserve.

Jim   January 16th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

Makes me want to shy away from flying when I hear about the increased incidents of bird strikes! Scary as heck.

Steve Guy   January 16th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Hey Larry I would just like to say that I am very impressed with the Crew that brought all these passengers to safety...I do have an issue that the 2cnd Officer on this Airplane is not getting any press.The Captain did an outstanding job however I am very sure that the co- pilot had his hands full as well....Praise God for awnsering many of these passengers Prayers
Steve Guy

Jeff Salmon   January 16th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

This accident has restored much of my faith in the safety of flying. I'm very proud and amazed by the quick actions of pilot Sullenberger, but why has there been virtually no mention of the co pilot.

Wilgard Gruber   January 16th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

There is always a risk to fly with a plane with 2 engines.
Is this not possible, to install a third small turbine on top of the planes for an emergency occurence ?

Ed St. Clairsville, OH   January 16th, 2009 9:04 pm ET


Why doesn't the airline industry use some sort of metal guard to protect any foreign objects from entering the engine compartment?


Kristi Frisbie   January 16th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Why do we not praise the co-pilot? Who was he? Didn't he help with the safe landing?

Las Vegas   January 16th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Sullenberger should be given a STAR on Hollywood – I can't wait for you to interview him Larry or I hope Oprah interviews him.

He is definately a HERO, and American HERO. Sure, everyone else helped but let's get real......HE is the person that landed that big a** plane safely AND didn't hurt anyone else in the process AND landed it somewhere that they would be rescued easily. His wife should be proud of him and give him so good lovin when he returns...

Heather   January 16th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What happens to a pilot, in this case, Captain Sullenberger after an incident/crash – does he fly again after what – i.e. physical mental evaluation etc?

Lea   January 16th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

This is truly a blessing and it goes to show you how precious life is, now we all have to pray for all the survivors to get through this.

Kelvin   January 16th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

While the pilot deserves the highest credit for what he did, let's not forget the equal part played by the co-pilot. He deserves recognition as well. No one seems to be talking about him and his credentials.

Chris Matthews   January 16th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

the fact that Sully and his crew ditched the plane successfully makes him a great pilot..the fact he went up and down the plane twice to ensure every one was out before he left the plane is what makes him a hero

alyce hahn   January 16th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

You asked for a new name to replace "hero"-
I would say that Sully was "God's instrument" yesterday. There was a reason that those passengers survived and it was not just luck. God was watching over them- it was not their time. I hope all 155 of them treasure everyday of the REST OF THEIR LIVES. It is a gift.

sage from maryland   January 16th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

There has to be some kind of medal that Sully could be given by the President. He certainly deserves it. I have had the privilege of being in a plane with a great pilot who steered us clear of a very violent thunderstorm that erupted in a cloud thousands of feet above ground. It was one of the most frightening experiences I have ever had, but the professionalism of the pilot and crew helped us get through a touch and go situation.

Sully is an American Hero.

kevin r pelton   January 16th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Yes it does . It shows me that the flight attendants know their stuff and are not just fling waitersand waitresses , so shut up and pay attention during preflight instructions

Nancy Wilder   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I believe we saw a "pilot assisted miracle" on the Hudson today.

REBECCA LITTLE   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET


Owen from Pacifica CA   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Larry was looking for a new word to describe the heroic act by the pilot. I think it's time to come up with a new word to define what this pilot did. I would simply call what he did a "Sully". Everyone will know what you mean.

Paul T   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

This was a moment of truth.i will be paying more attention to the flight attendants.
The pilot and members of the crew are heroes,this could make a great movie and over to you Harrison Ford as the pilot.

joslyn Gibson   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Sully is not just a hero, he's a superhero!

Shirley Menasco   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Question: WHAT IS A SULLY?
Answer: A person who puts OTHERS needs FIRST, with the most unselfish act of kindness, sincerity and love. A person who takes ALL risks so others will not be harmed. The greatest honor bestowed upon a human being is if someone calls YOU A SULLY.

Jody   January 16th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

A word bigger than "Hero"? How about "Sulley"? Awesome! That man is a "Sulley"

sarah   January 16th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Larry please stop asking your guest if they feel lucky. No they were blessed by God to live to see another day.

Amy Jackson   January 16th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

By highlighting the courage, skill and professionalism of the captain and first officer, this incident has actually increased my confidence in flying and the safety of commercial aviation in general.

Mike   January 16th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

There are pilots and there are aviators, Sully is an aviator and you call him Captain. Luck is when preperation and oppurnity meet. They met over the Hudson. You never run out of luck or ideas at the same time. The CAptain knows this. A true professional. Great landing SIR.

Bobby   January 16th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Yes, Larry i would like to know if the airline gives a commendation for such a high regarded deed as Sully Sullenburger did if so what is it because he deserves the commendation and a whole lot more. Bobby Baton Rouge Louisiana.

Suzanne Ugast   January 16th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

New name for hero? The answer is simple: Sully.
The pilot's wife said she was not surprised by her husband's actions by saying, "That's the Sully I know...Sully was just being Sully." I hope to see it in a future edition of Websters. Sully (adj.): to go beyond human capability to achieve something extraordinary. Ex: The brave young man who ran into the burning building was honored as a true Sully.

Gary Miller   January 16th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Larry King is looking for another word to describe Sully....the US Airways pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger III

How about civilian version for the Medal of Honor recipient...

Maybe congress should start the process right away....

Nothing higher here in the United States....

sage from maryland   January 16th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

For those who are calling for a screen or guard over the engines, an aviation expert today said that the screen would interfere with the air that has to enter the openings and that for instance if a bird was splattered on the screen it would impede air even more and create unsafe conditions. He said they have studied this and have not yet come up with a viable alternative to the existing designs.

clyde   January 16th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I think we should strike a new medal for civilian heros, and call it the ,SULLY.

hugh ~ california   January 16th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Larry how's this,
He's our humble cool under pressure hero, Super Skycaptain Sullenberger!

Anthony Fasolo   January 16th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Larry king just asked if we need another word other than HERO to describe the incredible pilot of the US Air plane that he landed in the Hudson River. The answer is NO. But we do need to stop calling sports figures HEROES. They are not HEROES. They are incredible athletes who are "Stars" but HERO is reserved for a person who puts his/her life on the line to save others. This is what "Sully" did and he is the best defnition of the word HERO I can think of along with those who have won the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Flori Jean Lloyd   January 16th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Regarding the heroic Pilot of the Hudson River Crash...

I think he should be named to be the official Airforce One Pilot for President Obama...

Dominik Strobel   January 16th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

A hero is someone who goes beyond himself beyond the call of duty and limitations. I don't think "Sully" is a hero. He is "just" a competent pilot who takes his job as seriously as all of us should. So, anyone who feels satisfied with himself on occasion should think of Sully and ask himself "am I doing my job as well and as concerned for those affected by my work as Sully".

– Dominik Strobel, a fellow pilot and director of the Flight Training Adventure Camps "Reality Flight School"

DONNA   January 16th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

God must have been the co-pilot on that plane

Michael Bell   January 16th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I am wondering why the captain is getting all the praise and NOBODY is mentioning the First Officer. It takes two people to fly a plane like that. Typically the captain and the first officer alternate flying duties. so we dont know which one was actually flying. Even if the captain were flying, I guarantee the first officer was on the radios talking to atc. The media makes it out like the captain flew theplane, talked to atc and evacuated the passengers al by himself. It was a thing called crew resource management. They both worked together. The media ahgain makes it out like the first officer was merely a "helper" when in fact he was an integral part of the crew.

Esther Reyes   January 16th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

After watching the events of the day I turned to my bible devotional for January 15th which read "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He let's me lie down in green pastures; leads me besides still waters."
God was in control of yesterday's events. Has anyone given him credit?
I am sure Sully has and so have a lot of the passengers of US Air flight 1543.

Stephanie Simpson   January 16th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Watching the show and heard Larry ask survivors if back doors were stuck. I am a flight attendant for Continental Airlines. We are trained to NOT open the back doors during a ditching due to the fact that a plane will normally sink tailend first.

No the woman who turned on her cell phone to send a text...please Larry make a statement that it is extremely important all customers on airplanes must keep cell phones and two way pagers off from the time the aircraft doors close on the ground until they are told by crew they can be used again once on the ground. This is EXTREMELY important because these signals can interfer with radio tower signals and also autopilot controls. The signals from the phone could have caused important transmissions to be missed from tower that in different circumstances could have had tragic results. It is an FAA regulation to have cell phones and two way pagers turned off during the ENTIRE flight.

Inaam   January 16th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Call him (Sully, The One And Only!)

Confirmed that there are still professional pilots that are excellent at what they do. I hope the pilot will be one of those next time I fly!
And I will name him (Sully, The one and Only!)
Fancher, NY

Tim   January 16th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I've never been afraid of flying, it's the taking off and landing that trouble me! Seriously though, this just goes to show that the training that pilots, air traffic controllers, bus drivers, helicopter pilots, ambulance drivers, EMTs, firefighters, police officers, nurses, doctors and all of these professionals is vital and important work. It should be honored by our thanks and our financial support.

Rebecca M   January 16th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

It appears the flight "wings " on his jacket became the wings of angels, this was a miracle.

clyde   January 16th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Strike a civilian medal,and coin a new word.He is a SULL Y

sage from maryland   January 16th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

You know, i know that flying in a commercial airliner is the safest mode of travel. Heck, there has not been a death on a commercial airliner in at least two years. But even with that knowledge, there is something unsettling about being 30,000 feet in the air in a flying bus. When I traveled with my children when they were young, I used to feel this sense of guilt and dread that somehow I put them in an unsafe situation. I know this is just unreasonable thinking, but the fact that I knew better, did not seem to help.

Horace   January 16th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I was already afraid of flying and though I will do it, that has not changed. I am blind and have not seen the spelling of the pilot's name; but, maybe we should start calling heros Sellis.

Carol   January 16th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I agree with you sarah this is not luck god almighty had a hand in this it was NOT there time its through god and when your time is up thats it. No matter what but i get sick of people saying its luck who you think have your heart beating today not man its god, he has that switch you better beleive it.

Riz   January 16th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Should the planes be equipped with Laser guided bird shooting system? Also , should there be a Inter Continental Bird Missile(ICBM). All birds are terrorists. They can hide but cant run. We should smoke them out of their holes. These birds were apparently trained in the mountains of Afghanistan. Did some one looked into it at all!

Wendy Hays   January 16th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Scully is not a hero he is a SUPER HERO!!!!!!!!!!

Sgt. Mike   January 16th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Larry, we call him Captain, he would not like hero. Lucky is when preperation and oppurnity meet. They met over the Hudson. You can't run out of luck and ideas at the same time, the Captain knew this. Excellent landing Captain. Having just retired from the LAPD after 35 years, I know "hero" would make him uncomfortable.

Rosalind Urbont   January 16th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Merriam Webster Definition of a Superhero

By definition a SUPERHERO is not only "a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers"
But " an exceptionally skillful or successful person. " Sully is without a doubt EVERYMAN'S SUPERHERO.

Gerry Hruby Toronto   January 16th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry King, this is your best show of 2008 and 2009!

carol franzo   January 16th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

New name for a hero? How about "a sully"?

leonard calodney   January 16th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Are we going to hear about/from the rest of the flight crew? The first officer and flight attendants.

Chris   January 16th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

The captain did a great job. However it's the entire flight crew that made this happy ending possible. It's sad to see that NO thanks or credit is being given to the first officer or cabin crew. You should be crediting the entire flight crew equally.

Mike Bonilla   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

We get it a plane crashed. This isn't news, we have more important things going on in this world that we need to talk about. Why do we need to be focusing on a plane crash where no one died? Please move on we have soliders fighting overseas putting their lives on the line for us.

Paula   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET


Obama would be in great hands with Sully as pilot of Air Force One!

Cindy Bean   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I haven't heard any reporting on the fuel load on this plane and I am wondering if it was dumped prior to the crash and if not is it lleaking into the Hudson?

Gloria Lillibridge   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

It doesn't frighten me when I hear of airplane crashes. I believe that when your number is up, you go. It's more frightening to travel in a car these days. Praise for the skillful pilot on this plane.

sandy   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

when are you going to interview the hero pilot ?

Debbie Nichols   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

If this had not happened in New York harbor, would the outcome have been different? The presence of the water taxies and ferries made the rescue possible.... I am going to be terrified to fly out of Washington, DC now. How long would it take to rescue people where there is not the traffice as in New York harbor?

Thank you

Donna   January 16th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Were there any pets onboard this flight?


Carolyn   January 16th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

It does NOT change my attitude toward flying; while the pilot and crew did an admirable job, everyone saw GOD on the Hudson yesterday, and He is still in control!

Paul   January 16th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

How did they brace themselves? Did they all put their heads between their legs? Does that really work? What position did most passengers take?

luthird   January 16th, 2009 9:39 pm ET


do u think it helped that two engines fell on the river, keeping the airplane afloat for a longer period of time which was also crucial in the passengers' survival?

Andreas Holmgren   January 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

How come nobody comments or even aknowledges the sacrifice of the poor Canadian Goose who paied with his/her life just becasue a USAirways flight crossed his/her flight path!

This day should from now on be remebered as the Hudson Goose day!

Uso   January 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry from listening to all the stories on CNN It sounds like the passengers were opening doors and keeping each other calm NOT the Flight Attendants.

Where can we purchase a Sully T-shirt or a Sully ball cap? Please interview him Larry PLEASE........

Gina Lupo   January 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

My new year's resolution is to get over the fear of flying. After seeing that is is possible to recover a crash like flight 1549, despite both engines shutting down over one of the most populated cities in the U.S., land on a full take of gas in frigid waters, somehow I'm not so scared anymore. Perhaps it is the fear of the unknown, now I know!

Ryon Sims   January 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Im not a big flyer to begin with but one thing i can say is that this is proof that miracles can happen. The new name for "HERO" is "SULLEY" and If I do choose to fly again i would hope to have sulley as my pilot or an individual just as courages as he is!

jean e. bourassa   January 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Flight 1549 wil be remembered as a SullY-BRACE-tion

Laks   January 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

After describing the whole incident to my 5 year old daughter, the first question she asked is, what happened to the bird that hit the plane, did it die? Some humour to the story that we were watching over and over.

Justin   January 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Bird strike are far more common than people realize. As a military man myself, flying in helicopters, I have seven "kills" (bird strikes) in eight years of flying. The military has been working on the issue very hard for many years. There are many things we do to mitigate these risk, however mother nature is a very powerfull force. This event does not add fear to my heart.

g. beck   January 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Geithner innocent mistake. Did he or an accountant do his tax returns?

rita berardinelli   January 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

In the late 70's the east coast was hit very hard with a snow storm. I was flying from Florida to Ohio and got the scare of my life. First we hit turbulence that knocked drinks off trays. People were grabbing each other and the seat belts were being buckled. One of the stewerdesses came out offering a free glass of wine to us to calm us. Then the pilot came overhead and said "Get into the crash position." There was a priest on board that started giving last rites. The wine was not a complimentary glass anymore, people started asking for the whole bottle. I was playing cards with a man next to me and he started shaking so bad he couldn't hold the cards. He then put his head between his knees, into a crash position. I was just watching. Then we landed in Tennessee for what the pilot said was for fuel. We found out later the real reason for stopping was to de-ice the wings. That's why there was so much turbulence because the wings were so heavy. The people that landed in the Hudson only got there feet wet, literally. On the flight I was on, the fear lasted for over two hours, with all the wine we could drink, assuming the crash position.. THANK GOD FOR MIRACLES AND SMART PEOPLE

karen   January 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

am amazed at the events of yesterday in the hudson river.. maybe a sign of things to come. people working together.
also i think you are looking quite dapper in your outfit tonight... you look good in black.

karen flinn
campbell river bc

Sylvanus Monyem   January 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Has anyone ever done a statistics on the most recent Airplane mishaps within the last 5 years? Could it be attributed to one company? Boeing or AirBus. My basic statistics shows mostly Airbus. Should this be telling us something?
I love commercial airplanes from both companies. Birds do have impact on flight safety.

Berenda   January 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

. Anyone who flies takes a chance but I would rather take my chances on a flight than on the highway. Pilots have much more training than drivers of cars and trucks!

June Blackwell   January 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

The pilot, crew, and passengers all seem to have that "angel amongst us" quality. Were it not for "Angel Sully" then the other angels' work would not continue. So I would elevate "Sully" to a living angel.

Rob Rothstein   January 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I want to know.......why can't the airlines put a heavy duty screen in front of the engines so that if birds hit the engine or engines, they won't just bounce off! Worse case scenario...they bend the screen but don't destroy the engines!

Collin   January 16th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I will continue to fly & have faith in mankind because we are all angels This is a reminder that God cares always & we just have to re-establish our connection this is the start of many good blessing for this country.

Elaine   January 16th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Maybe they should cover the intake portion of the engine with a screen to prevent birds from entering the engines.

Deana Lattanzio   January 16th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

When did passengers put their life vests on?

Michael Bell   January 16th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Hero pilots. There were two of them. whay does everyone forget that?

Mary Sheets   January 16th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Wonderful story of faith and courage!! "It's a "bird, it's a plane, it's SUPERPILOT". Keep the faith – with GOD'S HELP we have a super hero today!

"Snowbird Mary"

bev   January 16th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hi Larry,
You asked for a title for the pilot that goes beyond the word hero-how about "Herocules" after the ancient Greek god ?

Sharon Houy, Fontainebleau, France   January 16th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Glad that everyone got off safely. I used to be cabin crew with 2 British charters (Air Europe and Britannia) so know how difficult a ditching situation is (although I was only ever involved in one emergency landing which went well....). Pilots did brilliant job !

Even having done that job, the idea that birds can bring down a plane fills me with dread and the older I get, the more I fear flying which is probably totally irrational.

Am I the only person in the world feeling sorry for the geese ?!!

don   January 16th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

i have been watching cnn since the crash. i have been listening for someone to ask or tell what can be done to protect the engines from birds..

Here is my question: can there be some type of a guard or mesh installed to protect the engines? and why has not this been done over the years. This can be a job for some engineering scholar.

Deb   January 16th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I think Pilot Sully deserves a 32 million dollar bonus.

Iris Wucherer   January 16th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Your interview of the flight survivor's was great. Thank God nobody was either hurt or killed. Has any terrorist group claimed that darn bird as one of it's members yet?! lol

Florence   January 16th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

As a follow up to Joanne's comment about the fact that we've been flying for 100 years, why should birds still bring airplane's down, I want to know why the front of the engines are not covered with a metallic mesh. The mesh openings should be big enough to allow air but not birds.

maryann   January 16th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I work for an airline and am on planes a lot, and I would like to know just how many people will listen next time to the flight crew and not be so rude when the flight crews are doing there demo. because you never know just when something like this can happen, and the flight attendants are not there to just give out soda and coffee, but go through much training for YOUR safely.

ncd   January 16th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

No, i will not be fearful of flying in the future but one would think that with the amount of technology in this world, that this should not have occurred
Why is it that they cannot design a shield that would deflect objects such as birds & that would also allow enough air to pass through it so that the engine would operate properly?

Beto Amador   January 16th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Yes, is part of my work I have to do so. By the way the birds are flying for millions of year and airplanes for 100 y. Who is wrong?

Joan Kibbons   January 16th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I owna travel agency in Cookeville, Tn –
Today we hung a sign on the door –


Greg Stromberg   January 16th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Did you know that someone in Wisconsin killed 55 ducks with a snowmobile While they were in the by riding over them.

Maybe nature was paying us back.

This happened the day before the US plane went down

Manny Blum   January 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The chances of crashing are far less by airplane than by automobile, train or pedestrian (walking, running, etc)

By the way Larry, Why so many commercials? It is very annoying to be put on hold every 2-3 minutes. Especially tonight.


Ruby   January 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

It is heart chilling to see how the passengers responded quickly and united on this remarkable United Airways flight to ensure the survival of all 155 passengers on board. However, I think after the tragedy of 911, Americans are more alert and ready to react to any incident that arises especially with flying. There is not one time that I have flown since 911, that I have not questioned myself on a flight about "what if" something tragic happened. I am sure that every passenger probably gets the same feeling at take off.

As for the pilot and crew, I have been in the military for 20 years and can truly say this was a courageous example on how the pilot and crew lived the reality of putting civilians first in serving and protecting our country.

Rashida Pauskta   January 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry, why have we not heard from the co-pilot.? No one has mentioned him.

Glenda Jemison   January 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Sully is truly a Hero.. I want to know is he a christian? does he believe in a higher power? just curious may God Bless him and the crew...I am terribly afraid of flying, but if I have too. I pray that I would have a pilot as experienced as he..

Ari in Virginia   January 16th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Have the atheists explain this one!!!!???

Absolutely excellent work by everyone involved esp. Cpt. Sully.

Will not change my mind on flying in fact understanding what went right will help us do better–would'nt you think

Now for some NY fun– : )

Who Parked the plane in the Hudson? Cpt. Sully
Does he get a parking ticket ?

What a great Disney ride?!!!

Please laugh and enjoy this moment -this is a wonderful gift from whatever diety each of us believes in.

Ultimately thank God


Jone Levis   January 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

This "incident' brought back memories of Pan Am Flight 1 out of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1982. I was on that flight when we took on a bird in one engine. Dumped fuel over the gulf and tried to land in Bahrain, but they would not accomodate us. We landed back at the Dhahran airport and as fire had been sighted, we had to slide down the chutes, with foam sprayed all over the tarmac.

I was a nurse working in Saudi and weighed 105 pounds at the time. I was winded upon landing at the end of the slide and had several men land on top of me, fracturing a couple of ribs, which put a damper on my month long R&R back in CONUS.

I fly for pleasure frequently and have never had fear as I believe that statistics were with me and that I would never be involved in an "incident" again.

This, however, did make me sit up and take notice.

vince in georgia   January 16th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry flying is safe, we need the wild life federation to edicuate the birds of the dangers of flying into air liners and small planes! wonder if the wright brothers foresaw these problems with the birds? that pilot did one heack of a job he found a airstrip when no airstrip was near, i would fly in a plane with that man at the healm at any time to any location Larry, no questions asked!!

June Blackwell   January 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Love to fly but I always say a little prayer for the pilot, crew, and passengers whenever the plane takes off. Everyone on that plane is a true hero but noone more than "Sully". It was his actions which kept everyone alive.

will   January 16th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Not really I still can't afford it!!!

Rogue dawson   January 16th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am not afraid at all. I just would like to know something about the other pilot the First Officer. How did he feel and react? I have not heard anything about him or her...

margy   January 16th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

after hearing about the plane crashing into the hudson river . I thought , truly a miracle. and what a hero Sully will be to all the people that were on that plane and also to their families,He was supposed to be their pilot, he was where God wanted him to be. immediatley the song came into my mind,Ferlin Husky " On the wings of a snow white dove He sends His pure sweet Love, A sign from above On the wings of a Dove. when I saw all those people standing on the wing as if God had them in the palm of His hand. WHAT A MIRACLE !!!!!

sharon   January 16th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I would like remind everyone that even if everything seems to be going bad what happened yesterday was a reminder that GOD STILL SITS ON THRONE. I would not be scared because when the time comes no one can run away so if you were on the plane and you are not saved this should tell you something. May the lord continue to bless the pilot and his family.

Charlie Tibbals   January 16th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hi Larry Great coverage of new york crash.I Would hope that you can pass on my suggestion.have president Bush present Sully , Mr Sullenberg a superman suit. S or S/S for being the super hero that he is.What a great honor for both. Thanks,Charlie

Melissa   January 16th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hi Larry, My father was a USAF pilot. When we were little, there were always people complaining that AF pilots were getting out early to go to lucrative jobs in commercial airlines. Bet there are 155 people out there now (including the pilots and crew themselves) grateful for the training this pilot received as a top gun fighter pilot and his extensive experience. Considering the time during which he was flying fighters, it's a good bet he saw action in Vietnam. My attitude about flying hasn't changed, but I hope I always have pilots who are as competent and thorough as this one was. I'm sure the irony is not lost on the people of NYC and the whole USA that this was a crash that saved lives in contrast to the last pilots who made history with airliners in NYC, DC, and PA.

will   January 16th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

not to start anything though, it made me chuckle just a bit, the president came on, and made his speach they talked about it 10, maybe 15 minutes. and then the went back to the HUDSON MIRACLE.. classic...really!!

Vicki   January 16th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

No, I'm really not afraid of flying. I don't know why, but flying has never scared me, even right after 9/11. But I do have a question. did any of the passengers take their carry-on (like purses) with them (or were they even allowed to) when they exited the plane? I have heard stories today where people lost everything when the plane hit the water. I am wondering because I travel quite frequently and if I was unable to retrieve my purse, I would not have a driver's license or ID to show to get on another plane. I would lose my car keys, house keys and all my credit cards and I would be at a loss at to what I would do in that instance. Does anyone know how that works?

Mara   January 16th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Maybe no one is talking about the co-pilot because there is nothing to talk about. We will never know because we weren't in the cockpit. Surely Sully is the HERO for a good reason...the passengers are all talking about him and they were the ones there...they are the witnesses to this Great Man's actions.....before, during and after the crash...

vrinda   January 16th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Absolute miracle on the Hudson and amazing to see all the pax standing on the wings.................wasn't it slippery ? and did no one slip off into the frigid water ? just curious being a non swimmer !

pat pate   January 16th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

The name I have given to the pilot of flight 1549 is
God's Personal Angel

The presence of God was with each and everyone on this flight..

Experience says it all.

Prayer is the answer to all.

ed   January 16th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Flying is one of the safest ways to travel in the world and what happen to flight 1549 yesterday proves this statement.

Malcolm Gladwell author of the best seller the Tipping Point recently wrote a book depicting people like sully called Outliers. Malcolm writes about pilots such as Sully in his book. He illustrates that Outliers are people that perform extraordinary feats that lie outside of everyday experience where the normal rules do not apply.

Not only is Sully a hero, he is Sully the Outlier.

Darlene Devine   January 16th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I am not afraid to fly viewing the U.S Air crash. I admire these pilots for putting our safety first. My husband and I on our flight to Atlanta with Jet Blue had a remarkable thing happen. We were given clearance to land and when the pilot was ready to touch down he took us straight up to evade something on the runway which would have caused a crash. He told everyone that is evasive action folks. I thought he was an awesome pilot for his fast thinking and how calm he remained. I love flying and we cannot let terrorist or crashs cause us to stop flying and trusting our US Pilots

Sharon Szcodronski   January 16th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I live in North Michigan near the Great Lakes and sometimes we have 70 geese in our yard at a time and getting worse. I think there should be a open season year round to get the population down. I haven't heard anyone on the news mention that possibilty.

John   January 16th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Larry, I am a pilot just Like "Sully" I am getting a little dirsturbed at all the media about how great of a job the captain did, the captain the captain. People do realize that it takes 2 people to fly the airplane right? The airplane is certified by the FAA to have a "2" person crew, not "1" as everybody seems to think from all the news talk. In the airline business as well as the corporate flying world, the captain and co-pilot switch the roles of flying the airplane on each different segment of the flight. The co-pilot is just as important as the Captain so the media needs to give just as much credit to the mystery "2nd" person in the cockpit as the Captain. Just my 2 cents worth Larry.

John (Captain, Hawker 800xp)

Jill Florida   January 16th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

National Breaking News this week in the United States!

Two planes, two pilots, two amazing dramatic stories!

One pilot made headline news crashing his plane with no regard for his life,his family's life or others on the ground.
The other pilot captured the hearts of the world by saving the lives of all those in his plane and on the ground by bringing it safely down on the water.

What a difference one man's life can make!

Bless you Sully! You are an earthly angel!

Brenda   January 16th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

I think the piolet did a good job landing it in the water he is a trus hero sure glad they were all salf.

Brenda   January 16th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

The piolet did a good job yesterday he is a true hero glad that they are all salf and back on land.

Linda   January 16th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

This accident could not have been planned more perfectly in terms of outcome. Think about this: The pilot just happened to have gliding experience and put it down tail first. He had the foresight to make a water landing rather than chance crashing in a populated area knowing that he may not make it either back to LaGuardia or on to Newark. Miraculously the back doors would not open – ultimately forcing everyone to the wings safely; the wings stayed at water level and miraculously held just the number of people who were on that plane until help came; miraculously help was immediate and no one panicked. Can anyone say that it was not ANGEL WINGS that allowed those people to stand on water until saved?

Dave from MN   January 16th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

i think the media needs to correct the way they are reporting this story, everywhere you look its "Plane crashes in Hudson River" when in fact it should be "Plane makes emergency landing in Hudson River" and thats what makes it the amazing story that it is. if it had crashed we wouldn't be talking to all all of the survivors.

dominique   January 16th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Good story..
I am just apauled by the fact that the GAZA situation has just gone under water in your program and blog...
Really You are turning a blind eye.... I always trusted you as a pretty honest guy that was fair ....

Anyway.... Not watching you no more...

Arlene   January 16th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

I too had a harrowing experience trying to land at LaGuardia in January,(late nineties). We were prevented from landing due to a thunderstorm over New York. While circling, a lightning bolt hit our plane. An ear shattering boom and a red flash was all we experienced BUT the pilot came on and explained that it was a lightning bolt and that usually, they don't cause sifnificant damage and that he expected to be given clearance to land immediately. He got that clearance and we made a direct landing. My fear was crossing the East River to the runway approach. Flying that low over the river with a potentially damaged plane caused me to close my eyes until it was safe again. I thanked God as did many others, I suspect. We need to know that there are more success stories than we can imagine but we just don't hear about many of them. To this day though, I never fly in or out of LaGuardia because of that runway.

Ashley Freton   January 17th, 2009 12:01 am ET

I think it's important to acknowledge and understand the extreme measures Captain "Sully" was forced to deal with. While at this time, we cannot know his words, what we do know is the results of his actions.

I think that speaks for itself. What more needs to be said? He's incredible.

Also, the ferry boat drivers, eyewitnesses and emergency staff we on spot, in short time, and they were awesome.

I don't think this has ever happened before in commercial avaiation history. The man should have a monument erected in his shadow. Because I think the passengers would agree, it was in his shadow that he kept them in life.

Kind regards,

Ashley Freton

Doug Smar   January 17th, 2009 12:07 am ET

Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger need to be nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his outstanding act of Heroism in saving 155 human souls. That's what I think.

Larry Knapp   January 17th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Amazing Hero coincidence – Hardly anyone would know that Flight 93 Hero Thomas Burnett was from Danville, CA , the same small town that US Airways Pilot "Sully" and his family call home. Just shows that the man or woman at the market could be a hero in waiting. God bless "Sully" and Tom and all the other hero's.

Christina Kendrick   January 17th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I think the best show of gratitutde for Shully will be in the coming year when everyone will name their children (male or female) and dogs after him. That's better than coming up with a bigger name than a hero.

S.   January 17th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Dear Larry,

People all over were impacted by the September 11th tragedy & the images & feelings from that time will never be forgotten. However, the safe landing of the US Airways plane in the Hudson river, is presenting a great opportunity for everyone especially people of New York city to let go of a lot of the emotional pain caused by that tragedy & help people to renew their trust & hope in the Universe & know that miracles do happen all the time around us eventhough they may not be as big as this landing & its a reminder to all that things happen in life, its good to be hopeful in despite of tragedy & not to lose site of what is really important in everyones lives.


David Langford   January 17th, 2009 12:31 am ET

It does my heart good to know that after the crash Captain Sullenberger made his primary purpose the lives of his passengers...all of his passengers no matter who they were or where in the world they had come from. Oh that we all may be a "Sully".

aforester   January 17th, 2009 12:34 am ET

New title for Hero

Hero Elite
Hero Extraordonaire
Modern-Day Epic Hero

Jose   January 17th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Hi Larry. The word you were looking for better than hero is Angel that's what this pilot is.

Jose from California

Christine   January 17th, 2009 12:37 am ET

As flight attendant , I know that the safest part of my day is on the plane with my professional co-workers both the pilots and flight attendants. The most dangerous part of my day is driving in Toronto to the airport!

Ellie   January 17th, 2009 12:39 am ET

With all our technology to send sattelites film the planets, set people on the moon, why can't an engineer come up with some kind of filter that will stop birds and objects from being sucked into the engines of jets?

Sue Anderson   January 17th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Hi Larrry, I keep hearing all the comments about the Captain, but everytime I've flown a jet there's been a first officer in the cockpit working alongside the captain!

US Airways Flyer   January 17th, 2009 12:42 am ET

I am flight attendant for US Airways. It is sad to think that it takes events such as these to get people to listen to us. People shove newspapers in our faces and roll their eyes at us or try to speak over us while we perform our safety demonstrations. In just a few days I am sure that it will all be back to normal the disrespect we encounter. People will complain about paying for a drink or why their bag doesn't fit on board. I hope people can wake up and remember we are here to save lives and we are also human

Dan Edens   January 17th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Larry, I enjoy you Show Now, Concerning Mr. sully a hero your right i believe he is more like a guardian angel God truly guided his thoughts and hands to safely bring that plane down may God bless Mr. sully for the courageious act of saving all those passengers

Sean (Jamaica)   January 17th, 2009 12:44 am ET

This story is nothing short of a miracle !! All the greatest respect for the Captain. Please also remember the rest of the crew. I am sure that the flight attendants did an amazing job also getting the cabin ready for a crash landing. The second officer must also be a part of the landing. Lets not forget the rest of the crew !!

Harry   January 17th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Experience, Experience, Experience...... Do not discriminate because of age. Excellent judgment and execution.... well done. Thank God

norma powers   January 17th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Jet engines need some type of cover to deflect birds in flight and still allow enough air to flow into the turbine. How about it, Jet Engine Engineers & Designers? It would cost more money to produce, but the long run savings would justify the cost.

Ashley from Vermont   January 17th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I Love Flying! Love being in the cloudsI only do it 8x a year for years now. I guess I look at it this way. Myself being a born again Christian,if it's my time to go it is, and only God knows when that will be. In a plane, care,old age or a disease,who knows from what? But He does,so I am always ready in my heart always ask God for a Hedge of protection around the plane so when flying I have a perfect peace.
This Captain,crew & all the people on it ,it just was not their time to go & they have another chance to live,be with their loved ones.And should use their time wisely if anything to be a testimate of what God has done for them & to believe in Miracles as we see they do happen for a reason. What a blessing this has been for them all!

Rosalie Harris   January 17th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I learned to to love to fly, after being terrified of flying in the begininng. I realized the plane is out of my control and in the hands of God. It is what it is, and will be what it will be. My friends laugh when I board a plane. I say a small prayer before entering, "Dear Lord, Please don't let it be the Pilot's Time, because if it's the Pilot's Time, it will be Everybody's Time." It obviously was NOT SULLY'S TIME, AND THE LORD SENT HIM A HOST OF GUARDIAN ANGELS, ONE PER PERSON, to get them through this horrific ordeal. WHY DO YOU THINK THE PLANE KEPT FLOATING AND NEVER SUNK????

Governor Patterson called it right when he said, "We have a Miracle on the Hudson." It is a Miracle the plane did not sink. We need to call Sully by his new nickname – St. Sully. Only a Saint could have landed that plane the way he did and save 154 people from sure death.

Teena Hildebrand   January 17th, 2009 12:55 am ET

The only word beyond "Hero" might be "Phenom" – The human form of Phenomenol!

Teena from Placerville, California

Sandy Hayes   January 17th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I have always loved flying. Whenever anyone asks me about flying I tell them I would fly anywhere then turn around and fly back. Just the experience is wonderful. My daughter, who hasn't flown much, left today to fly to Fort Lauderdale from Columbus, Ohio, via Atlanta. I was a little concerned that she would be uneasy about it, but she really wasn't. We've always said it is safer than driving.......and you certainly get there faster!!!

ed ,vancouver canada   January 17th, 2009 12:58 am ET

The nature of turbofan engines do not permit screens as the engine would not operate properly.There was an advantage to having 4 engines,and at one time they were more used.Now in recent years,it is allowed to cross oceans with 2 engines,in the name of saving fuel.Jet engines should be mounted backwards,with thrust reversers facing forward to prevent intake.This would also allow airflow over the wing for low speed stability.Not feasible? then machine guns to kill the birds should be on each wing,coupled with radar to detect the birds.Upon safe altitude,the guns retract.The geese need to be killed.This was a near miss and a wakeup call to stop listening to the animal rights ,before the next time a loaded 300 ton 747 goes down in a populated area.Keep on the lookout for remote controlled electronic geese.They are suicide bombers.

Sharon Spruston   January 17th, 2009 12:58 am ET

I am not afraid of flying, especially now when I know what absolutely fantastic, able and experienced men/woman are in the cockpit. My hat is off to the flight crew.

As a Canadian, I would also like to comment on the great anticipation we are experiencing in the wait for President-Elect Obama took take over the reins on Tuesday. This man has so impressed so many of us up here that we are eagerly awaiting the Inaugeration and seeing your new President in action. He has already captured our hearts!

Thank you.

Lisa   January 17th, 2009 12:59 am ET

My husband is an airline captain who flies an airbus. I am a former flight attendant, and I have learned to fly a small plane myself. I truly admire and praise the catain, but I am curious why the first ofllicer is not getting any credit. I find it strange that the first officer is not mentioned when he or she always plays a vital role in the flight As for the question, I have flown thousands of flights and will continue to fly. I worry about driving on the interstate, not flying.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 17th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Thousands of pilots are that good ,and do not get the chance to do it.But simulators do that.The entire airline industry is full of amazing pilots.

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