February 11, 2009

Tonight: Hero Pilot & his crew reunite with passengers!

Posted: 06:55 AM ET

Don't miss Part 2 of Larry's interview TONIGHT with the heroes of Flight 1549.  We'll be reuniting the crew with passengers and hear more amazing stories. plane-inset

CLICK HERE for video clip of the pilot and crew sharing their amazing survival story!

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Oliver L. Olsen   February 9th, 2009 2:12 pm ET

If you crashed in the open ocean what would be your chance of

survival instead of the Hudson River?

John Babcock   February 9th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

With the loss of power in both engines, did Captain Sullenberger have the use of hydrolic power to operate the controls during the emergency landing.

chris   February 9th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

capt Sullenberger calmness on the tapes really stuned me but shows that no matter wht circumstances a level head is always needed and makin the tough decisions are neccessaray .........(THE RECESSION IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE TACKLED A BIT LIKE THAT )


Joanne Weber   February 9th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

My question is: Once the plane was in the water why didn't it sink?

Valerie   February 9th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

What about the co-pilot?
The media has not mentioned anything about the co-pilot. Was he in the cockpit alone. Did they not work as a team?

Maybe the co-pilot passed out and was not help at all. If this was the case, I guess, you wouldn't mention them........

Valerie   February 9th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Please disregard my first comment. I see his crew will be on the show as well.

John McGoldrick   February 9th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

Dear Captain Sullenberger,

Two questions:

1. With the failure of both engines how did the aircraft have electrical and hydraulic power to operate the flight controls and control surfaces?

2. The aircraft pitch on touching down on the water seems to have been tail down no doubt to allow the aircraft to slow down significantly before the engines touched the water.
Was the angle of approach set by the ditch control on the aircraft or was it set by you?

Dave   February 9th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

In your opinion, why isn't there more success storyies of landing an aircraft on water?

HOMEECONOMIST   February 9th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

Thank you! Thank you! You have done what is the best interest for American people.

Ambrose Enriquez   February 9th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

The Republican were in power for eight years, not only did they ruins our economy but now they don't want to do anything about it.
i support the stimulus packages something has to be done.

Marc Frank   February 9th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Being a survior of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band plane crash in 1977, with two of the most ill prepared pilots, I have followed this story from the start. As in our crash, all of you will all be connected by that one common thread. You did a wonderful job. Both crashs have the same make up, but different results. Both lose power, we were at 6000 feet, and slamped into a wooded area, but you were able to put your plane right where you had to. My friend you are the best.
PS. The nightmares get better but they do stay with you, I will dream about our crash fairly often, and its alway flying at tree top level. I would fly with you anytime anywhere.

annie from mi   February 9th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

it happened to us 14 yrs ago..leaving LaGuardia destination Detroit..we were flying 20 mins..had ti turn back..birds in ONE engine..they had a runway for us to return to LaG...Northwest not recall if it was a DC 9 or ??? happens in Detroit also..we are so close to Canada & the flying geese ...anyone know a solution to this problem ? ..thanks ...

georgie girl from MI   February 9th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

Our Northwest plane turned back after 20 mins in air departing LaGuardia 14 yrs ago, birds in ONE not recall if it was a DC 9 or ??....destination Detroit ...we had never heard of this before....any solutions to this problem ? ..thanks, Larry...

srb   February 9th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

hi this whole thing is a joke i hear tax cut i hear banks bail hear lower homes rates fix how can people paid with no job if a house cost 5 dollar how you pay with no job how you get loan this guys are a joke thet have thier house they got thier job so what they no let the people vote on what we want not the fats guys they go home every da we paid them and now we are hurt send their behind home and let the people said no more red white tape

Captain Kent D. Van Winkle EAL Retired   February 9th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

" Great Job Captain " I'm rated on the A300 Airbus and flew one of the first ones put into US commercial service.Some other Airbus Captains and I were wondering what flap position you were using, your aprox. water touch down speed, Did you have to listen to the gear warning horn or were you able to silence it, and last how did you make sure the aircraft was fully depres. so the doors could be opened? You sure let everyone know how inportant a fine experienced crew like the five of you are to every one's safety, both in the air and on the ground. Thank's for keeping our proud profession, even more proud! Home phone 1-256-505 4428

Lauro Silva-Brazil   February 9th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

skillful people usually have calm appearance and voice exactly like Mr. Cap. Sullenberger, neverthless, I´d like to know from him whether he has had nightmares, at least once, since the landing on the Hudson River.

Jeff From Bolingbrook   February 9th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Captain you did a great job landing that plane in the water and when i saw it it was like will anybody live on that crash. since the landing on te Hudson river have you had any nightmares at all.

Joane   February 9th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

They have been giving the pilot so much glory,and their never mention God in anything.I think without God these peole wouldn't be a live today and where have you heard plane sit on water like without going under.God bless America ok.

John Hanley   February 9th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Captain Sullenberger, The next time I fly, is there any way to ensure that you will be my pilot? Before I ever get into someone elses car, I like to know something about the driver.

DOMINICK   February 9th, 2009 10:33 pm ET


Diane Tokarz   February 9th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Captain Sullengerger: You said in your interview with Katie Couric you had to concentrate on landing the plane & believed your 155 passengers would be praying. Would you share...when it was over and you knew everyone was alive...did you then realize the awesome miracle you just experienced and thank God for it?

ed ,vancouver canada   February 10th, 2009 1:45 am ET

Captain Sullenberger.,and crew..Amazing job.
I realize that ALL pilots and crew are trained to deal with that kind of emergency.However,the incidence of actually occuring does not put it into public light.There are many bird strikes and engine failures.

I was horrified when I saw here on CNN,an offer from Richard Branson to pay you twice as much as his pilots.It is not only an insult to his pilots,but a disregard for U.S AIR,whom employs you.
He just wants to exploit your god given talent for his own gain.
Your dedication in humanity and U.S.AIR is evident.I think a bonus is in order.Your picture should be on the a320 fin.
England, in their opinion are the country full of the best in the world for everything and "the world's favorite airline".
They took a back seat on this one.The united states has the world's favorite pilot.Your load factor will be 100%.People are asking for you.
U.S.AIR will see an increase in business, you and all their crew should get a raise.
We had an incident at YVR years ago,where right on rotation,with full fuel, and passengers,a DC10 with an inoperative center thrust reverse, hit birds and blew the right engine...quick thinking resulted in missing the threshold lights,and avoided a fire or putting it into the ocean.
Quite amazing for having one thrust reverser.A couple of wasted seconds would have put that jet into the ocean.
Airline captains are amazing individuals.

Mike Van Winkle   February 10th, 2009 4:28 am ET

That was a great Job the Capt done landing in the Hudson, I would like Capt Sullenberger and my Father Capt Kent Van Winkle to talk on your Show Larry. He is a Retired EAL Pilot I remember him making the same flight, He flew the A 300 pilot"s have alot of experience in the air and on the ground in Simulaters, They are trained for situations like that he had flew DC 8 DC 9 727 757 767 L 10-11 A 300 was Manager of Flying, I used to think he was the best pilot in the world When I flew on a plane he was flying I would tell the passenger next to me they were in good hands and thank God there was never a mishap. I have to high five Capt Sullenberger and the Crew with all there quick thinking it saved 155 lives,Keep up the good work Capt & Crew ^ 5 Best Regards. Mike Van Winkle

Muzie Dlamini   February 10th, 2009 5:25 am ET

Truly the wonders and the bravery on the Hudson River was indeed a miracle..When i was watching on CNN it was like a dream or a film i can call it..

J Adu Amankwah   February 10th, 2009 5:30 am ET

In the 1800's a woman by name Amoawisi in Ashanti (Ghana) gave birth to 30 children and yet had many other children in her costudy. The social organisation of the Akan people within the Asante Empire made that possible as it is today in other parts of Africa like in Nigeria. I do not see how people are worried of other people's choice in a country where pro-choice is the order of the day.

Melissa   February 10th, 2009 11:29 am ET

I have been watching the news the last couple of weeks and something had really bugged me. The Captian and the crew of the flight that went down in the Hudson do an amazing job getting people to saftey and they should be honored. The

thing is, correct me if I am wrong it seems that they get way more credit then our hero's fighting over seas, that save lives everyday and in some cases giving there own. No one makes a big deal about them. I mean people complain about the war and stuff but really don't encourage our troups and make them feel like heros. I am sorry but that really upsets me. Or what about our police officers here in the states. If we are going to give this much reconition to a hero then why dont we do the same with our men and women in uniform?

dennis   February 10th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

I think i have a plan how to stimulate economy. I am not a smartest
person , but this would be pretty easy if we can get rid of greed that is around us.
Let say You purchase house for $ 120,000.00 over a period of
30 years you will be paying aprox. $360,000.00. WOW.
I understand that bank has to make money but that much is too much.
Let say if bank makes $240,000.00 , that is a lot of profit still.
Person will be saving about $ 300 per month , that way he can afford
to maybe buy new car or spendit back towards economy. With that
people would be buying more houses and ( BANK MAKES MORE MONEY ) pretty good for averybody dont you think.

Bruce Gruenbaum, Los Angeles, CA   February 10th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

As a private pilot who has flown down the "Hudson River Corridor" by Visual Flight Rules, I know that there is a lot of air traffic (especially helicopter traffic) that had to be cleared out for you to make such an incredibly successful forced landing. I'll leave Captain Sullenberger to explain the technical terms I used.

Can you tell us about how Air Traffic Control helped you clear the corridor and how other pilots flying that area were able to help if at all?

Steve Pierce   February 10th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

At the end of President Obama's town meeting in Florida, the exchange between Julio & the President was priceless. It brought tears to my eyes to see such passion for Obama & enthusiasm by a young person who is trying to build a productive life during these troubled times. The President was great! Hope you will replay it!

Steve Pierce

Mark Rodden   February 10th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

Mr. King,
I am a 44 yr old married man with 2 kids under the age of 15 yrs living is Southern California. Both my wife and I have lost our jobs due to lack of work in our fields. My question is about the recently passed stimulus package, and who is getting it. I just did my taxes and was told by my tax person that the stimulus money isn't going towards struggling families but, is in fact being used to payback the stimulus package given to us last year. Is this the truth? Will there be a check in the mail to look forward to or not?

Mark Rodden
California tax paying citizen

Alfred Val Mercieca Debono - Bolivia   February 10th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

Dear Capt Sullenberger and the Crew : You must have always been people of faith, kind to all, and pleasing to God.

In the Gospels, that is basically the only environement where miracles happened!

Bless you all.

carol   February 10th, 2009 1:54 pm ET


Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee....we are getting sick of this same story...yes, I agree it was a wonderful miracle but enough is enough..

Thank you,

Robin Kidney   February 10th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

I want capt Sully and crew to get the Congressional medal of honor

Steve Bermudez   February 10th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Hey Larry !!! the Capt did a Graet Job !!!! he touched more lives than he'll ever know ,,,, the both of yall need to keep up the good work !!!! Steve B ,, Fort Worth , Tx

Ivan Murenzi   February 10th, 2009 3:03 pm ET


I am a Rwandan student studying at Williams College. It would be one of those dreams come true for me to meet you. It may also be your first time that you meet some one from Rwanda.

I like the way you pose the right questions to your guests, and that helps the viewers to enjoy the show, you are the best.
My desire is that the media in Rwanda improves.

Elizabeth Augustine   February 10th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

Hats off to the crew of flight 1549 .... they are true heroes.

MAGDALENA SALINAS   February 10th, 2009 4:21 pm ET


atsegga   February 10th, 2009 5:18 pm ET

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Clare Truitt   February 10th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

RE: Obama's stimulus package

I am 85 years old. Why don't we select several areas included in the package to test how the stimulus works, before laying out money for the entire package. For example, try it in Ft. Myers and in the place Obama visited yesterday as a trial. Maybe after the Republicans see it works, they will be more receptive to it. If the trial works, put the whole plan into effect.

joanne osinkowski ontario canada   February 10th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

I don't mind admitting that the next time I fly I am going to request Captain Sully be @ the helm of that big bird. God Bless Capt Sully and his crew..:)

katie,IL   February 10th, 2009 6:19 pm ET

Good Job! It is nice to know we have some VERY GOOD piolts up there like you who can get the plane down safely when something goes wrong with the plane.Keep up the GOOD JOB you have been doing flying planes.

marianne from nj   February 10th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Ive been a fearful flyer for 40 yrs..but w/Capt'n Sulley I wouldn't be.....I SAY my rosary on every flight, etc...he must have brilliant mind ..he belongs to MENSA,,read on his web site....

MAGDALENA SALINAS   February 10th, 2009 7:31 pm ET

I read above my comments the following:


john   February 10th, 2009 7:37 pm ET


Gerardo Mesa   February 10th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

Hi Capt. Sullenberger, I understand you are a man of few words and don't consider yourself a hero, regardless you should be proud of yourself for your skills and professionalism. Many years ago I had to declare emergency in a Cessna 421 at Republic in Long Island because I did not get 3 greens on the landing gears. The landing was uneventfully and even tough my career as ATP did not take-off and I no longer fly, this was the proudest day in my life because I acted as calmly as you did.

I do have a couple of questions:
1) Was your aircraft equipped with a RAT (Ram Air Turbine) for back up electrical and hydraulics? or did you use or can you use APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) for full electrical and hydraulics?

2) I have a 757 simulator and I simulated both engines failure at 3,200ft turning right to heading 270 after taking off from LGA rwy4. I definitely did not make Teterboro (stalled during base leg for rwy1) but I was able to make LGA rwy13. I explained my wife you probably decided not to land on rwy 13 because the rwy is only 7,000ft long and you were probably above Max Landing Weight. Can you give us an insight during your decision making process after the birds strike?


Richard   February 10th, 2009 8:48 pm ET

Hey Larry:

This plane crash was January 15..........what took so long to get this interview....saw Sully on 60 minutes, Good Morning America, in Mr. Bloombergs city, among other appearances.

CNN...what took so long?

Chris Harding   February 10th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

What can I say? This Pilot and his crew are some amazing people. Personally, I don't believe we, as a society, give aircraft pilots and their crews enough respect. Most are overworked and disrespected by their corporate leaders. Still, it is exactly these professionals that save our lives if the opportunity presents itself. Yes, these people are true heros and their story brought tears to my eyes.

As a side point, there are many military pilots who perform similar actions quite often during their career.

Mike Masishin...fmrsubsailor   February 10th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Captain, you and your crew executed perfectly. This is a save that will be remembered for a long, long time. God Bless.

Scott   February 10th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Without having the use of reverse thrust to stop since both engines were out, would they have been able to safely stop the plane at Tereboro? Or any other airport?

Scott   February 10th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Without having the use of reverse thrust to stop since both engines were out, would they have been able to safely stop the plane at Teterboro? Or any other airport?

Randy M - SLC   February 10th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Well Done to the entire crew~ Sully; If it's not too personal to ask, are you a spiritual man? I keep wondering if your training and sense of logic help keep you focused, or if you feel there was "divine intervention" involved?

Michele   February 10th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

As a former USAir employee I want to thank this crew for a very happy ending to this story. It's not often we get a happy ending these days. I hope you all will be able to work again for such a wonderful company!

rachel c.   February 10th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Captain Sullenberger,
You seem so clear and self-possessed. Are these qualities required of a pilot? I think if I were in your shoes, I would have reacted emotionally instead of rationally - is this your training or your personality? God bless you, and thank you for thinking and acting like a gentleman and a professional.

Glenn Harrall   February 10th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Question for the crew:

It is my understanding that the loss of all power would result in the A320 fly-by-wire computers entering 'Direct Law' rather than 'Normal Law'.

As this would be a very rare occurance and probably only experienced in the simulator, how does the sidestick respond in this situation as there would be no tactile feedback as there would be in an aircraft with a yoke?


Marcy   February 10th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Captain Sully is a true HERO! He is a perfect example of what a true caring human being is and should be. A true inspiration!

Joyce   February 10th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Why wasn't the tower able to see such a huge flock of birds on radar? And if they could, and were given warning, would you be able to maneuver around them?

Joel   February 10th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Question: Did the passengers in the exit rows follow orders and perform their duties correctly? Were they able to open the emergency exits without difficulty?

John Barnes   February 10th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I was under the impression that aircraft designs were subject to bird strike testing for such things as the cockpit windows, leading edges and engines.

How does this square with the catastrophic effects that bird strikes had on this flight?

John Barnes

Dave   February 10th, 2009 9:13 pm ET


Did you ever find out what was so important that your wife ignored your call twice? I hope she apologized. Thanks for being a real hero

wade   February 10th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

From St. John's Newfoundland Canada.

Simple question. What if the Hudson WOULD NOT have been there? Would the outcome have been different?

Mike Gibson fire chief (ret.)   February 10th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Flying is one of the most wonderful experiences one could enjoy especially at the throttle. Having endured a plane crash and literally walked away goes to luck, great training, cool heads, and a fabulously professional team to help.
Cudos to all aboard. I hope Capt. Sully is able to get back in the saddle real soon to do what he so loved. Enjoy sir.

Erin from MN   February 10th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Incredible...the first word that comes to mind as I watched the story unfold on television. My first thought upon seeing the plane in the Hudson was "there's no way anyone could have survived". My question to the flight crew is "What was the first thing that came to your mind when you realized how critical the situation was?"

Daina Kocher   February 10th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Hi Crew,
I am a former Flight Attendant (16 Yrs.) US Airways, based in Clt. I congratulate you all on being heros. I hope that all 5 of you will continue your flying careers. You are all in my prayers. The bad dreams will end and you will find a peace in each of your own times. One thing that I do know is that out of everything bad comes something good. And everything happens for a reason.
God Bless You and Your Families,
Daina K.

Mary   February 10th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Re the post-traumatic stress syndrome symptoms the crew is describing: a recent published story reported in the LA Times stated that these symptoms have been alleviated by playing the videogame Tetris. Rapid eye movement is recognized as a stress alleviator, and Tetris provides this rapid eye movement, as well as competing brain activity that suppresses the memories.
Tetris is widely available in handheld "game boy" style formats. Get it and play it while you can't sleep...wishing you all the best.

Joanne Dietrich   February 10th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

With the potential of hitting birds, why isn't there a protective screen in front of the engine intakes.


C W Sweeney   February 10th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

How can the flying public find out when Capt. Sully is going to be assigned a flight in the future? I don't like flying, but I would feel a lot better if I knew he was in the cockpit.

Brandy S.   February 10th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I believe we also need to applaud the Air Traffic Controllers for their professional handling of this situation. They were just as calm as Capt Sully and Capt Skiles. Well done folks...

BRAD   February 10th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

the whole crew ROCKS!!!

Gay Woodward   February 10th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Good Evening Larry and The Incredibles......
I was wondering if the companies who manufacture airplanes could incorporate some sort of "chicken wire" over the front of the engines so that no object or bird could enter that area??? Perhaps the material like a household kitchen "strainer"? It seems that there needs to be something there to block birds from entering and putting so many lives in danger at any given time on any given flight all around the world.

Amazing story...we all love Heroes!
Gay Woodward
New Braunfels, Texas

Maddox   February 10th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think this crew is a shining example of our capacity as humans to perform cooly and intelligently under great pressure. One thing rankles. Perhaps a small thing to most but language is so important. This was not a bird strike. Birds didn't strike or "attack" as Larry joked, the airplane. The plane struck the birds. No fault to the crew for this. It was unavoidable. But birds do fly in the air – in formation – toward their destination. It's how they were made. They all died a pretty gruesome and probably unexpected death up there. All too often our language reflects our arrogance and expectation of owning all things including the sky as our God given right. This was a horrible event. I am so glad all are safe. Let's just be clear on how we speak about it.

SETH   February 10th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Captain Sully,
Are you enoying all the attention, or would you like to get back to some normalcy in your life?

Debbie Craven   February 10th, 2009 9:19 pm ET


I want to tell you what an inspiration you are. I would absolutely never hesitate to fly on one of your flights. On 60 minutes, I heard you make the remark that you wondered what you could have done better. I want to tell you that you did the absolute best you could. Not only did you save the lives of everyone on board, you also avoided what could have been a major catastrophe on the ground. You were nothing short of heroic and brilliant. I fly several times a year, and I'm always nervous. Knowing how you handled the situation you were dealt has restored my faith in the ability of pilots. You are truly heroic. I wish you and your family the best, and I hope it won't take you too long to have a good nights rest.


Debbie Craven

Diane Leardi   February 10th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am a psychotherapist in S. Vermont.
The cutting edge therapy for trauma is EMDR. This could be very useful in neutralizing the 'charge' of this trauma for the crew as well as passengers.
There are many qualified therapists who utilize this modality.

Diane ALeardi 802-254-7345

shane   February 10th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Thank you all for your heroic actions and sharing your experience. Is there anything you would do differently now that you did on the day of the crash.

brad   February 10th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I want to ask sully what airlines will do to prevent these bird attacks? It appears to be a major problem all over.

Joe   February 10th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Why can't there be a criss/cross grating or some type of netting placed over the engines to prevent birds from flying in and causing such problems?

Diane Leardi   February 10th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Corrected e-mail address!

Diane l.

Mike Lanjuin   February 10th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Congratulations to the whole crew, especially the pilot!



Nick   February 10th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

How long would it have taken a plane that size to sink? How come this one did not sink?

Kelli from Tampa   February 10th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

The whole crew is awesome, thank you all for doing such an outstanding job. Heros, everyone and we sure need more heros in the world today.
Cheers to you!

Tasha   February 10th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Larry, some of your questions are stupid..c'mon.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Hey Larry:

How can u call it Larry King Live if it's taped.

And, as dramatic as u r trying to make it, Sully is having nothing to do with your drama.

gus   February 10th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Did the pilot-in-command dumped fuels before impact to avert possible massive explosion?

peter portanova   February 10th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Larry, Was Sully a Glider Pilot? Thabnk you

Brandon   February 10th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

How did he land an Airbus A321-214 aircraft in thehudson river. Tell me a synopsis of how

Alex Kleyff   February 10th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

What would of happen if it was summer and boats where arround area?

christine from AZ   February 10th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I fly US AIR all the time, in fact I am flying out tomorrow to Philadelphia, PA. I think 'Sully' and his crew should be a model of 'best practice' for any and all flights. Way to go, heroes!! Thank God for your knowledge, expertise and professionalism!!

Susan   February 10th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Captain Sullenberger, First Officer Skiles, and all of the crew:

I work in NYC. When I heard a plane went into the Hudson, I prayed for all of you!

Add me to your list of fans, if there is any room left!

What an outrageous miracle. The whole crew is a credit to this country and we are all so proud!!!

God bless you all.


Patricia Henry   February 10th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Has long has this same crew worked together?

Jeanne   February 10th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Hey Sully!!! I'm a retiree (ground personnel in Syracuse NY) from USAirways after 37 years...and this is the proudest I've ever been to say I worked for the company!!! You are absolutely incredible and deserve all the accolades you receive...if not more!!! Be safe in all your future flights and may all your flights be uneventful!!

Tasha   February 10th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

The the flight crew, I hope one day you all will find the strength to get back on the planes and in the air. Thank you for the great job you all did as a CREW. Thank you for bringing back the importance to why passengers should pay attention to the emergency briefing that is given prior to every flight instead reading there magazines,newspapers and ignoring you!

Michele   February 10th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Question for the Pilots:

Do you ever practice water landings in flight training?

Lorri Hughes-Pritchard   February 10th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

As a former airline pilot and Flight Safety Instructor now. Sully and Skiles are true heroes along with the flight attendants that are there to react in an emergency. They personify what airline crews are trained to do, react to the situation in a standardized organized manner with each crew member doing their specific job in the given emergency. Kudos to this crew. I wish people would stop and listen to the safety briefings, take a look at the evacuation cards and count the rows they are from an exit etc. They did a great job,
Thanks for being great examples for our industry and for our children to look up too.
Thanks Lorri
Citation X PM Flight Safety International

Michelle Strauss   February 10th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Hi Larry. My husband wants to know how often pilots would be trained for water landing procedures (aka. "ditching")? It seems this is a highly abnormal circumstance, and we wondered if the landing procedure (on water) is one that is also considered very abnormal, and therefore not really trained for?

We also want to congratulate this highly trained captain & his crew who conducted themselves in not only a professional manner, but in a heroic one. Thank you from the bottom of all hearts of those who fly.

-Michelle & Warner Strauss

michael   February 10th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

i wonder how sully knew he couldn't make teterborough airport... it seems like that decision was maybe the crucial one; not to try for the closest runway and attempt the water landing...

Laurent Laor   February 10th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Why does everyone keep saying, "when the birds struck"?. Some accountability needs to be taken here. Sully and his co-captain are unquestionably heroes, but the airplane struck the birds.

Ghen   February 10th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am so impressed by the professionalism displayed by all the crew. None are trying to hog the limelight and each gives the others credit for their part in the event.

Kudos to all for their courage, bravery, and leadership during an incredible job in evacuating all the passengers, making sure no one remained on board, and remaining calm during the process.

I admire all 5 and wish them good dreams and wishes that our admiration will help ease any long-term effects.

Len   February 10th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

why didnt they go north up the hudson? were they afraid they would crash into the boats or not clear the gw bridge?

Stephanie   February 10th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Larry, Please ask the pilots and crew if they are planning to retire after this experience...if they can go back to the air without worries. Thanks !

chuck vollmoeller   February 10th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Hi Sully:
From one American to another...Job well done. "Certa bonum Certanum."..You have fought the good fight.
When you run for presidnent in 2012 I am ready to take a leave of abscence from my job to run your campaign.
God Bless you and your crew.

Barbara Feldt   February 10th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

You truly are a hero. When my husband, Fred and I, watched the planes hit the World Trade Center Towers on TV, we went outside our apartment on West 44th and walked down to Pier 84 on the Hudson. You have "switched" a painful memory of seeing thousands slowly, so quietly, line up to board Circle line and Waterway ferries across to a positive memory of a true, calm, skilled pilot saving a City.

danie   February 10th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

....Sully and crew...
YOU were the WINGS beneath the wings of the plane....
thank you

Robin Henkes   February 10th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

God was on all of your sides that day, as i watched tv that day i prayed that every one on board was safe. A miracle ,Sully and crew you are all amazing, and I hope one day i can fly with you!!! God bless you all!!!

John P. Private soon Commercial Pilot From Kansas   February 10th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Dear Captain Sully, FO Skiles, and Flight Attendants

First of all, i send my best to you ALL on your heroic life-saving efforts. The miracle you have all created has not only shown the safety of flying in today's world, but is an inspiration to many people including myself.

My Question is for F.O Jeff Skiles: I wanted to know after you handed the aircraft over to sully, besides attempting a re-light. did you have any part of the decision initially of going into the hudson and weighing the options being part of a 2 man Crew?

Once again you ALL have contributed to the miracle you have made, I thank you ALL very much for your contributions and God Bless.

John Plevniak

Tyler   February 10th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Cpt. Sully is a true american hero. After hearing that a plane crashed into the Hudson my heart sank, but after I heard that everyone survived i realized that it was actually a true miracle, and Cpt. Sully was the man responsible. He is looked up to by many people and should be proud.

Anne Callanan   February 10th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Dear Larry and your guests from "The miracle on the Hudson",
I am a Nurse who was working in NYC that day and that feeling of dread came over us all like on Sept 11th, but as the day went on and the astounding miracle became apparent, I was overcome with gratitude and pride.
Also when speaking with my elderly parents, they were thrilled! A lot of older people were very pleased that day. Don't be in such a hurry to write off the old "fogies" as we like to call them at home.
Of course, they thought Sully was 77 years old and you know what? I did not correct them.
God bless you all and keep you safe.
Anne C

Jo Ann, Ohio   February 10th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

What a truly humble and decent man. The president could take some lessons from him! I wonder if he would consider running for office?

angela   February 10th, 2009 9:35 pm ET


Maureen Busch   February 10th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I fly every week and sure hope you are my pilot! I hope that those in charge of my life are are good as you were that day! You quick thinking saved a lot of lives!

Uso   February 10th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Sully is such a HERO. If not for him making the right decision and landing the plane in one piece none of them would be here today. He is definately the HERO. Did the Crew thank him like the rest of the world did? They should. Thank you Larry for having him on your show. When I have another baby and it's a boy I plan on naming him Sully.

Jo Ann, Ohio   February 10th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Captain Sully is right this was not a miracle this was a result of competence and of people expertly doing their jobs.

EDNA MORRISON   February 10th, 2009 9:36 pm ET


Terry & Harvey Hanson   February 10th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I saw the awesome interview of all of you on 60 minutes. You ALL are SO SPECIAL !!!!!!!!! Have you seen the email circulating that has the airplane coming down on the water but it has a hand on each side gently guiding it in? It gave me goosebumps! That must feel so unbelievable to know that God's hands were upon you! When we get a compliment about something, our first response is to say it was nothing or something on that order....I was told by someone very smart that we should just say thankyou and accept it because when we don't, we are robbing them of a blessing. God has them in your path for a reason and this is a perfect example. You are all HEROES!!!
God Bless each of you for your part. You all worked together and there was a beutiful ending. "Sully" you are a very humble and kind man. Your wife must be bursting with love knowing my guy did this together with his crew!!!

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

you would have panicked if you were on that plane Larry...did you hear her...she said it was an educated group of passengers.

No drama Larry...Sully won't have it. That's probably why they didn't do your show first.

Gwen   February 10th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Sully – You are a rock star. Please submit your name to the Obama administration for HHS Cabinet post.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

"what did the passengers do?"

They got off the plane Larry.

SK Jones   February 10th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Sully & Crew....

Congrats to your outstanding, professional performance in the line of your duties....

I haven't heard any comments....So are any of you Christians and if so ... do you feel God's hand was involved in the "Miracle on the Hudson and should he get some of the credit."

Chris   February 10th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

If you had chosen to go to one of the other airports, instead of the Hudson river, what do you believe your chances of survival would have been?

Chris Ford – Atlanta, GA

Dave   February 10th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Did the Captain have to dodge anything in the river?

Karun   February 10th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

With due respect to Capt. Sully's feat, airline captains are glorified beyond reason for doing their job, while sea captains end up in jail for doing theirs. The fact that the Hudson was polluted by the ditching is of no consequence. The Captain of the ship Prestige langusihed in a Sapnish jail for years for doing his job, and the Captain of the ship Erika was incarcerated in a Fecnh jail despite doing his best to save lives. The US Govt arrests and conducts criminal prosecution of sea Captains if drugs are found on his vessel. A commercial airline arriving with the a similar load has no impact on the captain of the plane. He lands, gets off the plane and and heads off to the nearest bar for a "well earned" drink. The double standards of the media and govts in dealing with two professionals essentially doing a similar job is in stark contrast. While the Captain of ship (Tampa Bay) is held offshore for weeks for rescueing a boat load of refugees from the revages of a heartless ocean, the Captain of an airline bringing in illegal stowaways is not even questioned.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hey Larry:

"A combinations of miracles?"

How the hell is anyone gunna answer that question Larry?

Pradeep   February 10th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I can´t thank you enough for the courage shown by the crew of 1549 in saving so many lives.If there was no Hudson River,
what else could have been a possible landing area in NYC?

Linda   February 10th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

3 questions:

were ships, ferries, etc., ever in the way of your landing?

were any pets on board, e.g., cats, dogs?

was luggage salvageable?

Karla   February 10th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

What would have happened if the emergency doors had been submerged, and not able to be opened?

Edimo Q   February 10th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

You rock Capt. "Sully".!!!!! Is there the remotest possibility that you'll embark on a lecture circuit where you'll teach us woefully flawed humans how to always remain calm no matter how dire the circumstance? Please!!!!!!! I mean, " we're in the Hudson." As calm as can be!How on earth do you do it??? You're my hero!!!! Hey Mr King, can you please get him a talk show???!!!!

Toni   February 10th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

To the Co-pilot: If you do not believe it is a miracle from Almight God, you are in for a rude awakening.

Croz   February 10th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Who came up with the idea that a captain must "go down" with his ship and does the rule apply to a pilot who lands his plane in a river?

mary   February 10th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

please let the crew know that it was GOD that saved the plane NOT LUCK. let's give the glory where it belong, yes thanks to the crew but do not forget WHO was with the crew. Amen

BET CLARK   February 10th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Pilot Sullenberger is ONE great hero. Without HIS knowledge and HIS decision making, this would have been a catastrophy. I feel ALL are heroes, but Sully is THE hero here. God bless Sully and his crew.

Pat O'Meara   February 10th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Were there any live animals in the cargo hold of the US Airways plane
that landed in the Hudson?

Thank you.

Lizmac   February 10th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

What about the fuel....did you dump it?

Earnst Mach   February 10th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I have a question for the crew. How much did you get paid by the airline for that flight?

Tina   February 10th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Random, crazy question-what happens to the luggage and belongings on the plane after the crash? Do the passengers get them back?

patrick   February 10th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

How often do pilots (and specifically Sully) practice water landings in the simulator?

Mel   February 10th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hello Larry, thank you for interviewing these humble heroes on national tv. Can you please extend my thanks to all of them and the boat people for making such a miracle very possible for me to witness in this lifetime. I pray that they will be able recover and fly again soon.
God Bless...

Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas   February 10th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

You all are AMAZING! I salute you all for your bravery, and I speak for all of America when I say that you are beyond courageous. Truly individuals sent from God to help all the passengers of that flight.

Sheldon Duchin   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This evening's show brings to mind the loss of a heroic pilot, who died this week. John Curtis Burn died a few days ago, only days short of his 90th birthday. He was the second husband of the late singer, Jane Froman, and was known for two acts of heroism. When the Yankee Clipper crashed in the Tagus River prior to Jane Froman's planned USO tour in 1943, John Burn, a junior officer on board, held Jane up in the icy waters of the Tagus for hours, despite his back being broken and other severe injuries, waiting for the two of them to be rescued. Then, nine years later, when he was the pilot of a DC-4 that had just left San Juan, both engines died and the plane crashed into the ocean and split in two while attempting an emergency landing. John tried to forcibly throw as many people as possible off the plane into the ocean to save their lives. Unfortunately some were afraid to leave the plane. Only 17 of 69 passengers survived. We should pay tribute to such heroic pilots.

chris b   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Personally I feel that this has been made into a much bigger deal than it should have been..its his job to keep the passangers safe and that's what he did. Let the man get off the media circus and back to flying

Dee Decker   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Sully & Crew- Congrats!! Can you speculate on how the perfect weather conditions contributed to the outcome? What do you think the chances would have been if it had been nighttime or a low overcast?
Dee– former TWA flight attendant

Pat O'Meara   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Were there any live animals in the cargo hold?

brian Loeb   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

i ve taken off fom Laguardia many times. Havr you ever prep-lanned that you would ditch in the Hudson?

Pablo Pino   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Did they have to dump the fuel prior to the emergercy landing?

Lena Schulte   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Did the Pilot and Co Pilot of 1549 knew each other for a long time? I know when my father in-law was Co Pilot his schedule was always changing and he will be working with different people.


Sudhir -- Omaha   February 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

How did you exactly decide to not attempt Teretboro, but instead land on the Hudson? How did you make that decision and was based on what?

Excellent job!!! We salute you.

Ryan Pearl   February 10th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I began flying at 14, attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have wanted to be an airline pilot since birth. The crew of 1549 is the most heroic example of airmanship I have seen during my life. You are all pioneers that will be forever remembered in cockpits and classrooms. I wish you all the very best.

Nancy   February 10th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

for the crew: Have you spoken to the Air Traffic controller who tried to help you that day? I thought he was magnificently calm.

Lana   February 10th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Capt Sully. Kudos for the fabulous job you and your crew did when you landed the plane in the Hudson. You deserve much more than a key to New York City. I hope your company gives you the royal treatment! I have seen many e-mail jokes about what brought the plane down and didn't find any of the appropriate. I have seen a wonderful e-mail of an artists impression with the plane on the water with 2 hands holding the plane up until the evacuation was complete. I believe there was help there but it was your hands and that of your crew that safely landed the plane. I hope one day to have you as captain of a flight I am one. God Bless You, your crew and your family!!!!

angela   February 10th, 2009 9:44 pm ET


dennie   February 10th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I would like to know how often does this crew fly together.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

of course he did nothing wrong Larry. How could you ask a question like that?

Bill   February 10th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Ten Hut!!!!!! (at attention and saluting) There is an officer on deck!!!!

Orville & Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindburgh, Amelia Earhart, Eddie Rickenbocher, Billie Mitchell, and Butch O'hare are all doing high 5's watching the replay of Captains Sullenburger's command of flight 1549. Text book. They should rename ditching to "Sully It" . Its sounds so safe

If only Congress would do their duty with the skill and precision of all those who contributed to the safe ending.

Shirley A Mitchell   February 10th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Please ask Sully how much his glider training and instructing helped him. That has to be, beside the Lord, what helped him/

tess   February 10th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

i fly with my daughter atleast once a year overseas, and i am praying now that each time we do, our pilot will be anything like capt sullenberger.
i have no fear of flying, but this miracle on the hudson has put me in touch with reality.
sully, you're my hero. God bless you and the crew.

un named   February 10th, 2009 9:45 pm ET


My goodness!!! I was in the Army for 20 years, I have been a city Police Officer in a big city. I have seen drama before!!! This crew is as effecient as our young Men and Women in the front lines on the war on Terror. My wife and I are watching this story and both of us are in tears. Good job to Sully and his entire crew!!! Good job to the passangers and everyone who "rushed" to their assistance... Good job to everyone who assisted as well. I think everyone in America who is in a leadership role, rather it be Army, Police, Rescue... should study this crew and learn from their model. I suffer from PTSD (not severe) from an event, I hope you guys (crew) are getting the proper assistance? Take care of yourself and your family now.

Thank You for your bravery.

Douglas Hall   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Why was a crew with that much experence own that kind of flight vs Ney York to London for example??

Kelli from Tampa   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

As a nurse, and college student training to be an Art Therapist to work with PTSD, try Art Therapy, sometimes there are no words to describe the stress you felt, Art Therapy creates "alpha waves" in the brain that is similar to meditation. Neurotransmitters are on high alert after an experience like you have been through. Re-learning how to relax is key.

Yazmin Perez   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

It is wonderful to see so many years of experience put together to have a great ending. I have not heard much on the outstanding job the air traffic controllers did.(also doing their job). The coordination on atc's end should be interlaced with Captain Sully's and the co-pilot story to get a full 360 degree picture of what happened. Atc unsung heroes too!

Jim Basteri   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Congrats to all the crew members...Old Navy Pilot here & Aeronautical Engineer..Question for the crew. What Altitude did bird strike happen? Do you remember how much fuel on board and do you think because of specfic gravity of fuel it kept acft afloat longer?

Kelly in Illinois   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

It is just a miracle that you are all here.Just take it one day at a time!

SHEILA   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Sully's heart is public.
He is the ultimate hero.
The crew would have had no jobs to do if Sully hadn't found the guts to stay focused and use his expertise and experience to land that 81 ton jet on water.

Gary   February 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET


Great job. One question: how do the hydraulics work when the engines fail? The hydraulics allow flight control.

Chip Christophiades   February 10th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How many life reafts ? Are the number of life rafts determined by the amount of passengers ????

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am a Canadian and I want our birds back. Hum...maybe I could go see a lawyer...I want justice....if we as Canadians were litigious as the Americans, they would be a lawsuit over the birds....Sue God perhaps?

Martha   February 10th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I just wanted to let you know that you are an amazing pilot and were so great. And I also want to thank you, even though I didn't know anyone on the plane it was a great thing and you should be thanked. It is so great to know we have pilots like you.

Earnst Mach   February 10th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

How much did you get paid by the airline for that flight?

a) Less than $100
b) More than $100

vincent H. Smith   February 10th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

No one has discussed the gear positon with landing on the water surface. Also were flaps deployed to slow the approach speed?
What was direction of the wind upon landing if the crew had time to determine?

Thank you. Congrats Indeed.

Janice   February 10th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Cpt. Sully and crew thanks to your courage and calmness your saved a lot of people that day and I commend you on a job well done. I'm sure that all the people on that plane salute you.

Jim Marko   February 10th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am a former f-4 crew chief in the USAF. I know the value of teamwork. Hats off to you all. The crew of that jet are the true definition of a team. Mot to short anyone, but the captain and copilot are the true meaning of pilots and of which a benchmark should be set. Great job everyone.

Alison Beebee   February 10th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What an absolute gentleman!

Jo Ann Repici   February 10th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I know you have heard this so many times, but the 5 of you are a true inspiration to all. While the country is in dire straights with economy, etc, you all are a ray of hope. To those who don't believe in God, this should change their belief. Miracles do happen and I saw it live on tv. Cheers to all 5 of you, I do hope you all work through the trama this has caused and you have better days ahead of you. God Bless all of you. Jo Ann

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

you can tell the steward with the red sweater is dreaming up a lawsuit over her traumatic water based, cut my leg landing.

Melissa G.   February 10th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

God Bless you all (and the responders on the ground.) I pray you are repaid 10 fold in life for your heroism. Made me very proud to be an American. =)

Chip Christophiades   February 10th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The prior question should have read, Whar are the life raft requirements ? Is it per number of current on-board passengers or configuration of plane ?

Laura Simek   February 10th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Why aren't the engines covered by screens to prevent bird strikes?

Lance J. Pierce   February 10th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Capt. Sullenberger, as all the attention shows, you and your crew pulled off one great action in saving everyone, including yourselves and other on the ground around the area. You were given a bad set of choices (not enough speed, not enough height, and not enough time) to do anything but put it in the river. You had no other choice. This incident has been analyzed by all the armchair pilots for the past month and no one has found a better alternative to the one you came up with. Sleep peacefully knowing that you are in the prayers of those you saved as well as their loved ones.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Sully is an absolute gentleman, now deferring to his first officer...I think he realizes he's getting too much of the glory.

Amy Sirotek   February 10th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am very curious about the passenger's belongings. Did any of them eventually get their carry on, or checked baggage returned to them?

Robin Wanezek   February 10th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

In honor of Captain Sullenberger there is a new cocktail:

It's called The Captain Sully.
2shots of Grey Goose and a splash of water

Haddy   February 10th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Great Job! How cold was the river at the time of the crash?

bruce barker   February 10th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Sully. Do you come from a family of aviators and how did you get interested in flying? Sincerely Bruce Barker

Suge   February 10th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The blonde flight attendant seems very angry. She made comments on a few other shows that she, unlike the rest, was injured. She contradicts the rest of the crew saying it was loud back where she was and she was the unlucky one that had to be in the rear of the plane. I hope she gets some help – she seems to resent the fact every other crew member was ok while she "nearly drowned" and had serious injuries (a leg cut).
I really find it strange.

Sully – I hope my next flight pilot is as capable as you are and as smooth under pressure. Great work!!

Janine Richardson   February 10th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Having been a flight attendant for almost 29 years I want to offer my praises of the highest level for the entire crew for a magnificant job done by all. In watching all of you on this and other interviews, I am so very proud of each of you and how you handled yourselves that day and each day we have all seen you on TV. You are a true inspiration for all of us who do the same job each and every day. You are all my heros...God bless, hope to see you out on the line.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry should ask more intelligent questions like, "What do you make of that?"

Doug Paulsen   February 10th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

This crew and their families make me proud to be a human being and an American. Thank you. We should all do our jobs so well. The world will be the better for it.

Randy Rynders   February 10th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


We're going on a family trip this weekend. Will Sulley and his crew consider flying us on our vacation to the Dominican Republic?


Mike Rooney   February 10th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

As a 27 year professional commercial pilot whose son was on the flight, on behalf of my wife and myself, we'd like to say how thankful we are to all of the crew of flt1549 as well as all the passengers. For their tremendous professionalism and courage during this incredible and difficult experience. As a short story, as my son was standing on the right wing for rescue, a woman asked him to go back into the aircraft to retrieve her purse. Needless to say, he declined. He also removed the personal belongings of another woman who had a load on her arms and couldn't climb up the rope ladder of one of the ferries.
Again thank you so much.
Mike and Janis Rooney

Jeniffer Biribwa-   February 10th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hi Larry
Thanks alot for hosting the greatest heroes of the first quarter of the 21centuryon your show. Sully , Jeffrey and the wonderful crew are great Americans that we truly honor.Doreen happens to share a name with my 22year old only daughter and I am so glad that their name, Doreen now belongs to a heroine.
For Sully and Jeffrey, you are the type of men every woman in the whole world would want to marry.And congratulations to all the passengers that made it safely.
Larry please convey my congratulations to president Barack obama , I hope it is not too late.
Jeniffer M.B
Syracuse , NewYork.

Richard   February 10th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


Sully and crew are too busy making the talk show circuit to fly ur ass around.

victoria   February 10th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Dear Larry:

Could you spend more time talking about the plane having disorderly passengers in the back? The stewardess in the back had problems, while you and the other stewardesses have been saying the passengers were orderly.

Also, what can be learned from the crash as to how people can survive if possible? Such as jumping over
the seats and having people get off faster?

teneka   February 10th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

i understand that everyone is sympathetic to the passengers and grateful to Captain Sully. However the headline for this story is "Miricle" on the Hudson, and you may call me negative but, I have yet to meet a man that can cause a miracle to come about. The only reason this plane and all of it's passengers survived, the only reason why the country refers to it as a miracle is because just as the song that one of the passengers sang, it was only because of GOD. Captian Sully may be too proud to say he was praying but, I am positive that had any of us been im that situation heaven would have been full of please from us. So Captian Sully you did land the plan but you had no control.

Dennis   February 10th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I also commend Capt. Sully and the "entire" crew on a job well done.
As Capt. Sully said several times ...' They were doing what they were trained to do ...."
Im proud to say that I'm a flight attendant also and have the assurance that if I was ever faced with an incidnet such as crew as well as myself would be able to perform our task to save everone on board.
With that being said I wish people would remember that there was also an incident with another carrier just a few months ago in Denver where fire was involved in the crash and the crew got all passenger on board off the aircraft and there was no loss of life.
This crew should also be commended on what they did ...but for some reason its being overlooked.
I'm sure Capt. Sully and the rest of his crew would agree that this particular flight crew should also be recognized for "a job well done.

Tom Mallozzi   February 10th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dear Sully and crew,

You actions were a bright light in the middle of the darkness of the current economic situation. Good things continue to happen in this world. This restores our faith.

Thanks for your professionalism and courage.

You are true heros!

All the best,


BET CLARK   February 10th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Pilot Sullenberger is ONE great hero. Without HIS knowledge and HIS decision making, this would have been a catastrophy. I feel ALL are heroes, but Sully is THE hero here. Thank GOD for Sully and his crew and for this "Miracle on the Hudson".

Suge   February 10th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Also, this happy ending had NOTHING to do with God. Pul-leeze!! Where's God when all the bad stuff is going on. Why us it only Thank God and God helped us, when something turns out well. That's what's wrong with our country and damn well most other places in the world – too many people using religion as they see fit. This story had a happy ending because the pilot was amazing, had some luck and the benefit of landing so close to land. God?? Hardly.

scottg   February 10th, 2009 10:01 pm ET


I liked your interview with the crew but you could have spared us the singing passenger ! time to fill ?

Richard   February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Thank God....something intelligent and thought-provoking to watch...larry's show is over and AC360 is on.

JJ   February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I love the song by the passenger

sree   February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

hats off to the Pilot for his great composure and confidence and control of the situation
god bless him and everybody

Gisela   February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

THANK YOU for interviewing TRUE AMERICAN HEROS, enough with the ridiculous the mother of the octuplets.

Kelly in Illinois   February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

It was a wonderful hour!

Richard   February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I agree with Suge...God had NOTHING to do with this.

Megan   February 10th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Thank you for having Emma Sophina perform the song, giving glory to God. He is the one responsible for the miracle on the Hudson River!

sydnie waskey   February 10th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Excellent show Larry almost spoiled by that horrible performance (which I muted finally) at the end. Not a very classy way to honor those courageous folks.

Doriana   February 10th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I just wanted to say it was very disappointing to see that other than the singer no one else gave God the glory for this obvious miracle. I mean who gives these people the ability to do what they do in the first place? They prefer to say its luck rather than God's providence. Not one life was taken and the plane was not damaged. That's a miracle if you ask me.

Jim Pavalon   February 10th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I cannot say enough about the crew on this flight. Watching tonight's Larry King Live show gave me tingles throughtout the entire segment. I think Sully doesn't give himself enough credit; First, he realized his flight was in danger, made an emergency radio call, mentally prepared himself for what could have been a disaster, successfully landed the plane, evacuated the plane, and did his best to keep the passengers warm on the Hudson as the plane filled up with water. I wasn't even on the US Airways plane, and you are my hero. God bless you all.

Anne   February 10th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

This truly was a Miracle on the Hudson. Let's give more credit to God for orchestrating all of the events that led to the survival of all of the passengers and crew!

Richard   February 10th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Megan.....go see a have a serious mental condition.

peyton forbes   February 10th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Do either of the pilots who landed on the Hudson,sully or co-sully, have a float plane rating.....and if they don't you think the FAA is going to get down on them or hopefully grant them the rating.........

Nancy Houtz   February 10th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Larry, you are amazing! Your interview brought out exactly what I have wanted to learn about about the landing in the Hudson.

I've seen them featured on other TV shows, but no one really got beneath the surface as well as you did tonight about so many aspects of this event. Thank you!

gisela   February 10th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

THANK YOU for interviewing TRUE AMERICAN HEROS!!! Enough with the ridiculous stories, ie the mother of the octuplets.

Kelli from Tampa   February 10th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Is Richard gone yet?

angela   February 10th, 2009 10:07 pm ET


SHEILA   February 10th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

My daughters live (NJ) and work (NY) on the Hudson.
Capt. Sully-you saved more than you might ever imagine.
Thank you.
Your character is an example of simply being yourself-and what a lucky family. You get to have each other. Rest. God bless.

Thank you, Larry.

Doris   February 10th, 2009 10:07 pm ET


That was amazing! Thank you so much for honoring such a great team. Being a frequent flyer, seeing the crew and hearing them speak tonight, gave me great comfort.

May God Bless them.

Doris, Texas

cindy   February 10th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

i am a Canadian and i just want to say how calm u seemed on the voice tape u and your crew dd a remarkable job saving all those lives my hat is off to u and your crew who i believe deserve a medal for a hero.
I was watching the news and i could not believe what i was seeing but i must say quite the landing i would fly with you any day and feel safe.
Take care Sully i will never forget what i seen that day

Rejetta Balentine   February 10th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Our God is indeed an Awsome God to have put within man the brain that He did. Just what do you think would have happened if Sully and crew had not had the ability to remember all the things they had been taught and the ability to remember all their experiences in an aircraft!

Lizmac in Montreal, Canada   February 10th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Awesome show...sent an email earlier, but wish to rephrase... My question was regarding the fuel. As I understand it, when a plane takes off, it is full of fuel....since the plane had a landing shortly after takeoff what does a pilot do about the fuel? I am sure it all depends how much time there is to do what needs to be done in order of priority, but can this be answered in your questioning Larry?

My husband and I love your show......thanks for it all!

Gil Gaudia, Ph.d.   February 10th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Too bad you had to spoil a wonderful story of human courage, competence and caring by ending with the nonsensical "Send a Prayer' banality of the blond nincompoop.

In a few seconds of mindless trivia, you managed to dismiss the achievements of pilot, first officer, flight attendants, passengers and first responders on the river, by allowing some religious nut to sing praises to God, thereby diverting all credit to some phantom.

But then again, I never really expected you to do any better.

Christopher Clarke   February 10th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Great job, and congrats. Is it true that you flipped a switch that shut off intakes to the engines when you hit the water? how high off the ground were you when you lost the engines?

Crystal   February 10th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I mostly watch your shows but this brought tears to my eyes. A very emotional interview.
Sully’s calm, cool, and collected demeanor landed the plan in a calm cool and collected manner.
Good job well done to all the crew, and especially the co-pilot.
I think Emma Sophina has a good voice and has that star persona.
God bless you all

marcia bartel   February 10th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

to Sully and the crew...surely the love of God did show this day. thank you for your knowledge and experience in bringing this landing in and saving the lives of many. as a parent of a pilot, I know how much learning is needed to react as quickly and controlled as you all did. thank you and God bless you all.

Robert Lake   February 10th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

What a wonderful show! it is nice to hear and see some of the good and positives world events.
God bless Capt Scully – Co Pilot Tim and the entir selfishless crew.
A great ending to your show with Emma and her inspiring song.
Thank You Larry job weel done

Bob Strama   February 10th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

What about the air traffic controller? Shouldn't he be recognized for his actions? I believe he is an important part of this story as I was impressed with his professionalism and calmness during this event. Has Sully and Skiles had any contact with the controller afterwards? Has he received any recognition for his efforts?

Richard   February 10th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Hey all you God people out there.

Why did GOD not stop this plane crash, or the fires in Australia, or the...etc etc etc.

Tom Loll   February 10th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Miracle on the Hudson: Heroes? They were just doing their jobs as they have been paid to do. What happened was unusual, but they were JUST DOING THEIR JOBS. Not heroes. Recall football players going nuts when they catcxh a ball and make a touchdown. They DANCE, they JUMP IN THE AIR AND COLLIDE; they act stupid and think they are HEROES. Tell it like it is: They are paid to catch the ball and make touchdowns. They are JUST doing their jobs. Their behavior is uncalled for. As for the flight people, no doubt, they did a great job.. landed the plane after running into birds, and they got the people off the plane. They did a High Five Job, no doubt, but the country's jumping up and down calling them heroes. A hero is the guy who gives his extra kidney to another person.. but not the doctor who did the surgery. That's his job. I'm PROUD of that crew, but heroes? Sully did his job perfectly, that's all. That's what he's trained to do. Thanks.

Larry   February 10th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I am a regular viewer of your show and have been waiting for your interview of Sully and crew.But,I have to tell you I am outraged at the amount of commercial time.I didn't time it but would not be suprised if it was 50%.I pay to watch TV,not commercials.I am very disappointed in CNN for that.

Liz   February 10th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Great show. As an avid flyer, why wasn't the heroic Air Traffic Controller honored too? He did an incredible job, given the circumstances. Restores my faith in flying. Thanks.

Doriana   February 10th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

He did stop the plane crash Richard

Gary Lieberg   February 10th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Larry, I enjoyed your show tonight with "Sully" and his crew. I flew KC-135 tankers in the USAF and know the processes the crew had to go through.

However, there is another part of Sully and his family the public don't generally know. If you get a chance, please ask him about their envolvement with raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

My wife is blind and has been blessed with dogs from this organization. Her previous dog flew over 200,000 air miles (so my wife went with her) and the current dog is well on her way toward the same.

This morning, I dropped her off at the airport and she and the dog were on their way again. This is a tribute to the aviation industry in general, and to all of the people who do a very important job of raising the puppies that will one day guide their blind partners on their daily business.

Thanks for your attention,

Gary Lieberg

Roger Michaud   February 10th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Larry, what an incredible show you have put on! I tell you, as miraculous this story is about Captain Sully and his crew is, you have outdone yourself tonight with the sequence and the eloquence of your questions.

Excellent show from one of your admirer from Canada,
Roger Michaud
2 10 09

Reference: Flight 1549
From Laguardia Airport

Rhonda Mocarski   February 10th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

There is an email circulating that has 2 hands holding up the plane from's an illistration and really something to see.

I can't paste it on here. Do you have an email address so I can pass it on. It would have been neat to end your show with this pic and getting the crews reaction.

Mary Shutters   February 10th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

God Bless Captain Sully, Co-Pilot Captain Jeff Skiles and all the crew and rescue workers. Don't forget the controllers though too! The audio recording of the controller(s) could let us hear the focus and quick action taken to locate available runways and working swiftly to accomodate whatever the pilot needed. How uplifting to hear the audio recording of Sully and the controller - without any panic or swearing!

Steve Boykewich   February 10th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

A great segment with Capt Sullenberger and crew – an inspiring and heartwarming story. But the end of the show was spoiled by that awful publicity-seeking singer looking to capitalize on the incident. Poor choice by the producer.

Eulang   February 10th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

That was a horrible way to end the show. A no-tal gyrating around pretending that she was a soul singer. That loser should see her career sink to the bottom of the Hudson, rather than her trying to exploit the heroes of that day. I felt sorry for the people who had to sit on Larry's show and nod along as if this was a great song. I wouldn't give two farts if Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney happened to be on that plane and wrote a song to commemorate it. Actually, I think they would have enough class not to, or at least not to get geared up to appear on the Larry King Show.

Barbara Bergdorf   February 10th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Dear Larry...thank you for bringing the wonderful crew of 1549 into my home. My daughter Laura is a flight attendant with US Airways, she graduated with Sully at PSA and has always spoken so highly of him. Now I know why! I know their training is always in their mind. God surely has future plans for that crew and all of the survivors. I am so grateful that my daughter works with such professional, caring people.
Sincerely, Barbara Bergdorf, Akron, OH

Gil Gaudia, Ph.d.   February 10th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Well, now after reading several of the idiotic comments here about giving the credit to some phantom-in- the-sky, I realize there are too many non-thinkers in the world to ever have hope of freedom from religious tyranny.

linda seaton   February 10th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Tears of joy! come each time my husband & I see this crew and its family members re-enact their recollections, generously [having to listen to those tapes] over and over again. God is praised by right motives & actions. In my faith, this is scientifically understood; I and my Father are one.

When we are so confident in our relationship to our higher power, all is harmonious. There is no room for good's opposite. I thank God that as a corporation flight attendant I never faced a similar challenge, but I did experience a situation which instantly required prayer. Upon an unfamiliar landing place, our aircraft was met with Russian Beaurocrats boarding and making demands. Intimidating our single passenger and detaining us for several hours. Finally, my prayers, unceasing, were answered & the captain was eventually cleared for take off. But until then, very real frightening thoughts tried to disrupt God's still & calm voice within, which I've come to rely upon in every

Praise God in all you do & He shall never let you down. Promise.

SHEILA   February 10th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Sully – a gentle soul yet with courage under fire
Admiral/Admirable Sully

Angie   February 10th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Capt Sully is a great example to all of us who think that most of our days of greatest contribution have passed. I'll bet that a year ago he would not have believed that in his career as a pilot he would yet be faced with decisions that would bring a disabled aircraft down safely and afford himself and 150 other people the chance to continue their lives and spare their families untold grief. Many thanks to a modest hero and great role model – may you and all the crew soon find peaceful dreams and restful nights.

Jonathan E. Danch   February 10th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Dear Larry King,

I watch your show as often as I am able to. Tonight your show with the crew of US Air Flight 1549 was quite powerful and reflected a positive note of what can be accomplished with well trained, dedicated, professionals working in a "team" effort and spirit to do their job, even when faced with over stress, deadly conditions.!

In this day and age with the dismal daily news about our current economic uncertainty, is is a blessing to watch, learn and be reassured of the goodness and hope, which exists in this world as a result of courageous American Men and Women who were "just doing their job"!

Thank you for your inspiring show tonight. I intend to watch again tomorrow night!

Waremst Regards,

Jonathan E. Danch
Rye Beach, NH

Sandy   February 10th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I felt tonight's interview was a torture to our Hero Captain Sullenberger and the crew. A lot of Larry's questions led to negative answers. Why made Captain Sully repeated that he couldn't sleep well at night? The crew already said that the passengers are well educated and well behaved!! Why ask question that attempt to bring out answer from the crew that suggest otherwise? I'm quite disappointed with the show tonight. 60 minutes did a much better show to inspire the world and honor the Pilots and the Team.

Ann   February 10th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

I had a similar experience landing in Midrid. We had to fly an hour
not knowing if the left landing gear would work. The pilot told us not to worry because ground control had us covered with ambulances,
paramedics – however, not one of the 325 passengers panicked.
We just froze, prayed and braced ourselves for an emergency landing. Everything was fine but I had flashbacks for several months and had trouble sleeping.
I admire all of you so much and you are certainly heroes.
God Bless all of you.

Fisherman153   February 10th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

To All at CNN, (Larry King) Thank You so much for having the Crew of Flight 1549, I really enjoyed listening, and seeing them. I'am looking forward to tomorrow night, seeing passengers, and flight crew again.
I'am sad that the one stewardes would not be part of the crew while appearing on all of the news shows, by not wearing her uniform, I'am quite sure that she has more then one uniform. You would think that she would be proud to wear her uniform.

Marilyn Howard   February 10th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

There are hardly any adjectives left to describe this story. Imagine, lined up on the wings like they were waitng for theatre tickets! It is so wonderful to see that a passenger was able to write a song about her experience. My 88 year old mother died in August but if she were here she would have reminded me of a WW11 popular song : Coming in on a Wing and A Prayer. She always sang it Armistice Day, Nov. 11. During those days of live coverage, that melody played in my mind and I have written verses that match the music( I think). The crew and passengers may have relatives who are WW11 veterans and who may be familiar with it. I would like to send it to any passengers and crew who are interested but I don't know how to go about it. Perhaps you can pass on this information & to them.
Marilyn St . John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Brenda   February 10th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I am from the home town of the co-pilot and something that has not
been brought up listening to this is how many on that plane did not know how to swim? Myself am petrified of water and I do not know
what my actions would have been in this situation.
I do applaud all of of you and Jeff I wish you would except the
exceptance of a home time appreciation night for you.
God Bless You All.

Jeff   February 10th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Good show tonight. Sully and his crew did an outstanding job responding to your questions. The drawing of hands reaching down from heaven and holding the plane afloat was mentioned already but I'll second that it would be neat to see the reaction of the crew and what they think about the drawing. I know "Luck" was attributed to the successful outcome but that was just one crew member. Regards,

linda seaton   February 10th, 2009 10:58 pm ET


Your interview was very nice. I had already seen Katie's. We love
viewing God/Good news! Bring it on! We, as a society insist upon it.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,
I ask [along with thousands of other viewers] for you to insist upon
shutting down the sponsorships CNN supports. You know it is
damaging to the psychy. You must know it. It does not praise God.

Thank you! God Bless.

Chip   February 10th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Larry ,
In my prior questions, I had asked about rafts..What are the FAA guidelines on 'raft reqiurements' ? There were 150 passengers plus a 5 member crew. Since the rear door was not available that meant less rafts, I assume enough for the all aboard ? Can plane engineers come up with something that could inflate under wings, either by impact or a manual lever if all power was lost , which would help keep the plane afloat in case of a water landing ??

Sherry (Tomayko) Valentine   February 10th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I'm a former US Air Flight Attendant from the Pittsburgh base. I finally had the opportunity to watch your entire show this evening with the crew of Flight 1549.

I'm proud and truly honored to say that in my short 6 years (1999-2005) with US Air I had the opportunity to work/fly with Captain Sully. He is an amazing person and I remember that his crew and passengers were always his first priority, and now the whole world can see this.

It takes an entire crew: Captain, First Officer and Flight Attendants to carry out each and every flight and I'd like to thank them all for such an outstanding job. You all make me very proud and my thoughts and prayers are with you in dealing with this to get on with your lives!

Felix A. Young   February 10th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

My suggestion to honor the heros of the Hudson river is that the insurance companies of each one of the passangers and crew members, should joint to create a bonus for the entire crew of US Air plane landed in the Hudson river as a prize for saing the life of all the passangers and crew members in the plane.

Felix, Florida

Paula Smith   February 10th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

The program was very interesting until you decided to have the passenger /songwriter/singer perform. That was a ridiculous and awkward portion of the program, that seemed like it was promoting this woman's career. Even if she had any talent it would have been inappropriate. I was embarrassed for the crew members who had to sit through this woman's pathetic performance.

Claire Dumont   February 10th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

Please, if you could, pass this message to the flight crew:
I received the MEDAL FOR VALOR in Feb. of '99 for "personal courage"
from the mayor of Pinellas Park, Fl. because I "rushed to render aid"
(words taken from the plaque I'm holding in my hands) to a truck driver burning in his delivery truck after colliding with a garbage truck.
Notice the "a" before truck driver. I helped rescue A person. You helped rescue an entire plane full!!! I can't imagine how you're coping.
Not only do you have the media and insurance companies breathing down your backs, you've got months and months of reliving that day over and over to people who want to get close to a "hero". My heart goes out to each and every one of you, especially Doreen (with your sad eyes and even-worse-than-the-others' memories–remind me to sit forward on future flights–and Donna who hasn't let it go yet). It took me three years to get over hearing that man's screams, but gradually the horrifc memories started to fade. Now days it takes something like what you went thru to bring it back. And that involved ONE person!
Like the rest of the country, my prayers and gratitude for your strength and patience go out to you all, not only today, but for years to come. When the newness wears off and you all have time to yourselves, I personally wish you all peace from within. Thank you, good luck and God bless you all.

robyncaffrey keyser '' west virginia   February 10th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

larry "'
this was a ( god's blessing ' that all the passengers stayed calm ,as the plane landed on the hudson, river . it was such a blessig that the weather was nice.
in 1989 all my boy's would always go fishing at the begining of hudson river, . and now from what i here the "george washington bridge is still falling a part. and for the logest time the river always had ' bad current's and the girl who was one of the survivers
she wrote "" and "" sang that song for captain sullenberger,+ the all the passengers. ( god bless everybody ) yes we can

bernard   February 10th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Larry, tell Sully that when he opens his gliding school, I want in.

Susan Hammonds-White   February 10th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Capt. Sully and his crew seem to be suffering from the very natural effects on the psyche of such an extreme and traumatic situation. They did absolutely the best they could and because of their professionalism and competence everyone survived. I hope that each of them will have the opportunity to work with trauma experts who have been trained in the process of EMDR, a therapeutic method that helps resolve acute traumatic stress and post-trumatic stress (the difference in those two conditions is the length of time that symptoms like intrusive memories continue). These men and women deserve the state of the art care (as do the passengers, for that matter).

Jay Ambrosini   February 11th, 2009 12:18 am ET

Capt. Sully:

If both engines were at flight idle, they were still operative. Did the flight computer shut down the engines? Did the computers force down a flyable aircraft as happened in France in 1988?

Thank you.

Jay Ambrosini

Elizabeth Brant   February 11th, 2009 12:20 am ET

All I can say is I commend the crew of this flight. There is not much more to say. They did a wonderful job and for that they saved many lives. My thoughts are with you during this time.

John from Kent Washington   February 11th, 2009 12:21 am ET

from the beginning of hearing about this plane problem and the cause of it being the birds, in the back of my mind I always thought the bird excuse was a cover up for other problems that the plane had. Tonight I feel from hearing these people talk that my thinking is true, they don't seem confiedence with what they are talking about and I think they were paid to say what they are saying inorder for the plane company not to be introuble. Complete LIES!!!
Tell us the TRUTH!

Capt Micheal Coyston   February 11th, 2009 12:33 am ET

As a Capt on 777 I can fully appreciate the great decisions and teamwork that Sully and his crew made that day, saving all on board. Perhaps the traveling public can now, at least a bit, understand how well trained the aircrews that operate airliners are. Well done, all of us in the aviation business are proud of you.

Bill   February 11th, 2009 12:33 am ET

I would like to know how deep the water was where the plane finally rested and are commercial aircraft buoyant in water?

Jim   February 11th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Hello and goodevening Larry , I watch Cnn all the time and watcing part 1 of your interview with the crew members of 1549 was real good show. It gives alot of insight on what the crew memebers were doing and thinking before the water landing. I have to say that god sure was with everyone on that cold day , and the rescue boats coming to help everyone from the plane to their boats was a genius of timing.

tino torres   February 11th, 2009 12:38 am ET

There have been two people that have inspired me this year , Obama and now Sully . I truly believe that their calmness and mental preparation is the key to the way they perform at what they do . This was a miracle .

Mahesh Singh   February 11th, 2009 12:39 am ET

To Sully and his fantastic crew,

I am watching you on Larry King Live – and it is overwhelming to see you all relive your experience. It is sobering to learn first hand of some of the personal issues you might be dealing with – which we would not normally realize – be it sleep routine disruption or difficulty in coping with the event and deciding whether you'd go back to flying...

I salute you all for the amazing bravery and calm during the accident – and the honesty with which you are talking here on the show.

My best wishes to all of you for your future.

Mahesh Singh
Cupertino, CA

naderge   February 11th, 2009 12:39 am ET

don't get wrong larry i'm glad everyone made it out alive with no inquiry,but i'm sick and tired of those crews not giving thanks to god who help them. no matter how much you know if god wasn't there with them they would not made it out. and i just want then to realize god wast there and give him his glory.he deserved it.thank you

Charlotte P   February 11th, 2009 1:02 am ET

I think the crew has been very generous with their time; and we the public need to give them back their private time at this point so they can get some well earned rest and rejuvenation.

To me the main thrust of the story is that so many ordinary people are capable of extradinary heroism, skill and compassion. By ordinary, I mean human. THere are so many lessons: the value of being consistent and doing one's best each and every time. From the wonderful experienced crew, to the 2nd ferryboat captain who was only 20 years old and a woman. People of all different nationalities and backgrounds who worked on the NY Waterways boats. And all those behind the scenes. For every life directly affect, the numbers are exponential when you factor in families, friends, and everyone who was inspired and encouraged. This is a measure of how much impact one person or five people can have–a lesson to use that power in a positive fashion.

Man can create his own miracles.

Bernard   February 11th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Good story but bad production.

The crew responses are interrupted/edited with radio transmissions, the singer who is going to sing is introduced with a tape of her singing, etc... "Larry King Live" is really bad when it is "Larry King Recorded and Edited.

Steven   February 11th, 2009 1:08 am ET

I always wanted to be a commercial pilot but have now taken another career path, but I still have a love for flying. I am proud to see a flight crew like the one on flight 1549. It shows just how professional the airline industry is and how Commercial AIrlines pilots have one of the most respected jobs in the world. I know the flight crew would not want to be called hero's but they are, even though they were just doing their job they did an amazing.
Thanks Captain and First Officer for keeping the skies of America the safest in the world!

JOHN ROBERTSON   February 11th, 2009 1:28 am ET


sookie   February 11th, 2009 1:30 am ET

all this GOD stuff has to stop. Don't be so selfish, a lot of people take offense to "God bless u all".
Please keep your opinions of GOD behind closed doors and in your money grubbing church.. 3 of the 7 crew were atheist, I don't think they would appreciate your comments...this was a skilled event and lucky..nothing more. No spaghetti monster in the sky pulling 'magic' strings on the planes wings, lol. This isn't the stone age.
keep your religious beliefs out of public view, that's where it's going quick anyways.
The pilot and copilot are the ones to thank in this situation. Giving ANY grace to a magical power is ignorant and robbing the human spirit...get your brainwashed selves out of the gutter

Linda Wiese   February 11th, 2009 1:46 am ET

Dearest Larry King....Just had to take a moment and tell you how much I appreciate all you bring to the public. There is so much tradgedy in the world and to have you bring to us the wonderful stories, comments, and guests involved in the recent air crash and to let us hear from the wonderful people who put their lives on the line to insure safety to their passengers is such a blessing. I believe they were all "hero's" although they look at the recent event as having just "done their job". I only hope that if I am ever in that situation I would have the same wonderful people to assist me and also the many people of New York who were also "hero's" in the assistance they gave to the crew and passengers.
Whenever I fly, which isn't all that often, one thing I try do do as I leave the aircraft is to say "thank you" to the crew and pilots if they are available for a safe trip. I hope more people will do the same.
Thanks again for all you bring to us.....Linda Wiese in Missouri

Martin Michelin   February 11th, 2009 3:21 am ET

PLEASE take off the crap notes at the bottom of the screen. For the love of God, it is SO annoying. I would watch the show more often if you didn't have them flashing off and on constantly. What purpose do they serve?

Gary   February 11th, 2009 3:25 am ET

Captain Sully,

I am a chopper pilot, I know your calmness in this situation is what saved your passengers, your flight crew, and yourself.

You applied what you were trained to do. Well done.

Trudy in Canada   February 11th, 2009 3:34 am ET

To Captain Sullenberger and the rest of the crew of flight 1549,
I'm sure what happened that day will be forever burned into your memories. I think this is one of those events that most people will remember where there were when they heard about this plane landing in the Hudson River, even when they're as far away as western Canada! You all have my utmost respect for your professionsalism and swift action taken that fateful day. You have every right to be proud of the way you handled the situation you faced. There definitely had to have been angels watching over you all! I wish you all the best in dealing with the after-effects of such a traumatic experience.

Melissa Henry   February 11th, 2009 3:54 am ET

Why isn't there a "screen" over the jet engine intake? Why, in 2009, are jets still taken out by a flock of birds? Is this an unsolvable problem?

Jenny   February 11th, 2009 4:07 am ET

This show and story made me so happy. The ending song was beautiful! The Lord was so merciful. The crew did an excellent job and its such a happy ending. Praise God!

Marilyn   February 11th, 2009 4:22 am ET

It was refreshing to turn on Larry and have a positive spin on what is in the news today. "Sully" and crew you deserve everything you have worked hard to acheive. Respect.

steve   February 11th, 2009 5:51 am ET

How about an appearance of the CEO of the airline Doug Parker..How does the airline feel and what , if any changes will there be in this type of engines the airline will use>>

steve   February 11th, 2009 5:56 am ET


Nick Ferguson   February 11th, 2009 6:04 am ET

May God bless you Sulley and your crew for saving these lives. Nick from South Africa

Henry   February 11th, 2009 6:21 am ET

Just finished watching the program on the 10 am European repeat,exellent program apart for the fact that somebody at CNN decided 6 min into the show to switch over to a so called "breaking news item"about a bunch of politicy in Zimbabwe standing around and congratulating each other, while at the same time looking for the best spot to plunge in the knife next week.
After 15 minutes and 3 times the same pictures and comments the program switch back to Larry King "allready in progress" Hey really ?
I wished that whatever boffin decides these things at CNN waited untill a particular show was finished before interupting with, what at they end,is a minority interest subject.

Gratian Daniel Jude   February 11th, 2009 6:24 am ET

With respect i must take my HAT off in front of a such miracle. The miracle is the man, not the fact. He did what he knows best: his job Well done Captain Sully! I flew 2 times in my life and I can sincirelly say ...I would love to know that on board is Captain like Him. I think his flying with his heart and a good mind, who are guiding his eyes and hands. The plane was blessed becouse he knew, that the bird, needs a good wash in a safe area... The Hudson River.
From Romania for 2 Real Captains: Sully and Larry

Denise from Kissimmee Florida   February 11th, 2009 9:56 am ET

I wished I could send a message to the crew from flight 1549, yet know it is impossible, I understand their fears as I had a brother who worked for American Airlines for 20 years (since then passed away) my brother had, had so many close calls with flying, one I remember was when he boarded a flight from OHare back in 1979, at the last minute he was pulled from the flight being told his car that had been stolen at the airport had been found in New York City, so he decided to stay behind, just after take off the plane crashed, all had died, my brother was so well loved by everyone at American so it effected him greatly, my brother and his supervisor had to go to the crash site, later had to make telephone calls to loved ones and help in comforting those in need, to the crew of flight 1549, those fears are very real and you will over come it in time, we need people like all of you in the sky.......god bless all of you

Valeria   February 11th, 2009 10:21 am ET

Dear Crew of Miracle on the Hudson:

Last night while watching your appearance on The Larry King Show I did not hear one of the crew give God the credit for any part of the extraordinary landing and escape from death. Also I noticed that all agreed that it was the actions and experience of all the crew that made the rescue and survival possible and that it was NOT a miracle.

Mayor Blumberg, Gov. Patterson and others have called it a miracle, why wouldn’t the crew call it a miracle? Do you denounce God and miracles and only believe in your own abilities?

I am just shocked that out of 5 people that none of you have any faith or the ability to thank a higher power (for me it’s God). None of you proclaimed even the possibility that it was a miracle and that even “someone up there” could have helped in the event. You all kept on saying the end result was from YOUR actions, experience and abilities.

It is quite possible that God will give all of you another chance to determine if He would help you out of a near death experience.

Evolene Hager   February 11th, 2009 11:14 am ET

God bless Captain Sulley and crew.These days and times it is so wonderful to have such a wonderful and humbel HERO and yes he is a HERO! May God send many blessings their way.Thank you again for saving so many lives and creating so much happiness for all survivors and their families,including your own.

ben roy   February 11th, 2009 11:31 am ET

after being a pilot for 38 years, i can say that i have never seen an example of professionalism as was displayed with this crew. in today"s world where only bad news sells, this crew is the best thing to come along in decades. every one of you should be honored for the rest of your lives. thank you for being hero"s and making air travel a really cool thing again. america desperately needs that !

ben roy
belgrade mt

David Morton   February 11th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

For the Crew of Flight 1549:

Was the landing gear down when you impacted the river?

What is the condition of the passanger's carry-on luggage and the stowed luggage?
Will it be returned to the passangers?

Thank you.

Carla, Vero Beach, FL   February 11th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

I am interested in the man who chose to swim ashore instead of being rescued. i'm surprised that no one has had much to say about him and his actions. Did he have any effects from hypothermia?

Diane O   February 11th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

I think what the crew did was simply amazing. It is fantastic what they did, especially the pilots. However, can't we GET OVER IT NOW? I am really sick of hearing about it now. Why can't we americans get over things and go on with life? Like Sulley said, they were just doing their jobs.

Lauren Williams   February 11th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

I can imagine that for the pilots, this event, given that it was successful, must've been somewhat exhilarating. To be able to achieve such a feat and have all of the people walk away unharmed. My question is, aside from obviously wanting to spare those involved from the post-trauma associated with something like this, are you sorry that this happened or was this a pretty cool life event, to be able to pull something like this off?

selma from ala   February 11th, 2009 2:35 pm ET

from now on I'm flying w/my money & credit cards in my 2 pockets !...

Alex   February 11th, 2009 3:48 pm ET

Not to sound like a fuddy duddy here but isn't what Sully did part of his job description and training? The police, fire department,armed forces, doctors, EMS, etc. save people's lives all the time, where is their "key to the city"? Is it because the world gets jaded with the "everyday mundaness" of these other miraculous people in their professions that it takes something as potentially dangers **AND NEW** to spark any type of heart-felt emotions?

The world is a bit callous and suffers short term memory, a good example is 9/11 and yet a reminder that ONLY when a horrible event does occur will it spark any pride and emotions - but will soon fade once these "horrible events" become common place.

I applaud Sully but I do sense it was his job to do so.

diana demetrkopoulos   February 11th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

Regarding the mother of octuplets whom is a grown unmarried woman have to pay to feed and house medically these children because she wants them. The government should sign a bill that a single mother should not recieve money from the gonernment if she has more than two children or she should have to pay her own way or should have to get a tubulagation. "This was no accident nor is she a teenager.

james renner   February 11th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

I wish to express my appreciation and encouragement to the crew of flight 1549.I have been on a flight that encountered severe weather as we were to land in Atlanta .We were to land but due to high winds and pelting rain,at almost ground level(1000 feet or less),the pilot suddenly gave full power to the engines and the aircraft responded to give thrust and as we climbed the plane appeared to roll over about 30 or so degrees to my plane side and I had a calmness come over me.The lady next to the aisle asked if she could hold my hand while the plane tossed and turned.I agreed never thinking the worst would happen as I felt a POWER greater then the pilot had control of the plane and all would be well.We landed safely one &half hours later.

The picture of the flight 1549 crew & passengers on the airplane wings and in life rafts strongly reminded of the WWII picture of the survival of the Marines that raised the flag on Mount Suraibachi .
May GOD continue to bless all

delta15b   February 11th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

I am assuming that the captain had to bring the ship in manually since all the hydraulics are part of the engines.
I would like to hear him talk about that
Great job crew.

Fisherman153   February 11th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

To All Those On Flight#1549;
Evil Raised It's And Toook It"s Best Shot,
But Our Lord Had His Best, Positioned Where They Had To Be. Our Lord Showed His Grace, And Mercy, And His Love.
On That January 15, A Day That All Will
Remember, Let Us Never Forget That "Nothing Happens In Gods World By Mistake". There Are Many Who Have Been Touched, And There Are Many Who Will Never Forget "His Love".
The Fisherman153

mary schmocker   February 11th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

i wish i could have seen "larry king live" today on in its entirety. the program was interrupted for a breaking news story that didn't interest anyone, especially people who wanted to watch the amazing program with the amazing crew of the plane that made that wonderful landing on the hudson river. we fans of larry king here in europe would really like to have the show live at 03:00 în the morning, but serves us it's program from hongkong!! go figure. it is so disappointing to a lot of viewers here in switzerland, who would like to get their news from the states, and not from asia. please, anything you could do to help us would be greatly appreciated.
god bless the people and crew on that plane. may they know peace of mind soon.

Larry   February 11th, 2009 6:33 pm ET


Seems to me that when Sully and Jeff reached their hand out to God, he embraced them and called upon them and their experience to save the other 153 souls on Flight 1549.

Please remind Sully and Jeff of the "Pilot's Prayer" below.

In December 1941, Pilot Officer John Magee, a 19 year old American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in England, was killed when his Spitfire collided with another aircraft inside a cloud. Several months before his death, he composed his immortal sonnet "High Flight", a copy of which he fortunately mailed to his parents in the United States.

High Flight....

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth.
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind i've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee Jr.

Niraj Tipre   February 11th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

I want you to ask the pilot :
a) How low did he fly over the George Washington Bridge ? Was he ever in any danger of colliding with the bridge ?
b) i read a report that Flt 1549 narrowly missed another plane ! is it true ?
c) in situations like this how important is the role of the air traffic controll ?


Barbara Blasko   February 11th, 2009 7:11 pm ET


I was surprised to hear that some of the passengers were suing for lost luggage! Aren't they happy enough to be alive after an experience like that? The media keeps saying they crashed. They did not. The Capt. safely glided the plane on the water. My only sister,30 years old, was killed on Flight 427 in Pittsburgh in 94.Thye only things we got back from her were the pictures of the body parts used to ID. her.Any of those passengers use this event to get money should be ashamed of themselves and be thankful they WALKED off the plane with their body in tact instead of spiralling out of control and slamming into a ravine like my sister.

James   February 11th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

I can equate with the crew and their feelings during and after the "incident". Some sixty years ago I was involved in 3 incidents involving aircraft and water, to wit: 1 emergency water landing during a storm-1 ditching in the Carribean(out of fuel) and one uncontrolled landing aboard aircraft carrier at midnight, resulting in rescue by whale boat in frigid water. (picture of aircraft hanging in gun tub appeared in Naval Aviatin News Dec 1949 issue"Granpa Pettibone" .
Kudos to all involved in this i"ditching" JM

Lorrie Phelps   February 11th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Captian Sully had such a short time to think and act. A gut feeling and skill is why everyone survived the plane going down in the Hudson. It proves it is not good to second guess ourselves. Even though I don't personally know anyone affected I have cried through it all and it is good to cry over happy endings!

Peggy Casey   February 11th, 2009 7:59 pm ET

This is Peggy from Seattle. We have watched most all the interviews with Sully and the crew but have not heard yet anything that references God – such as a quiet prayer or a thank you to God for saving all their lives. I would like to know if any of them have a faith that would allow them to acknowledge that God or a higher power helped them through all this.

Susan   February 11th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

Sully thank you for doing what you did. It is pilots like you who make flying safe.

BILL KENNEDY   February 11th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

The 'Sully and crew' story is very powerful.

I am surprised that there has been no comment about the very professional Air Traffic Controllers who were on top of the situation the whole time.

Bill Kennedy

SHIRLEY BROADWATER   February 11th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

Was there water inside the entire plane or just the tail section?

Who directed the passengers to go out on the wings and how did they exit the plane onto the wings.

What is the length and width of the wing?

When Captain Sullenberger walked up and down inside the plane twice to be certain all of the passengers were out, did he actually walk into the water in the tail section?

Larry, your interview with "Sully" and the crew last night was the BEST!

Mary Youngwirth   February 11th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

To Capt. Sully,

If there hadn't been a river to land in, what would you have looked for to land. Was their any open terrain in the area (beside the river) or do you look for a highway – etc? How close was the Atlantic?

Thanks, Mary

Glenn Phares   February 11th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

It seems the departure controller at LGA did a superb job for CACTUS 1549. He had a very heavy load of traffic, but did not let him divert from the CACTUS flight.

Jasontor   February 11th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

You've taken a perfectly good hero story and beat it to death. Enough already!

Prof. Pye Chartt   February 11th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

ATTENTION CNN (and Larry KIng):


robyncaffrey keyser '' west virginia   February 11th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

att :larry "

i have a question for the passengers .) were they " afraide of the weight on the plane wings ?

michele   February 11th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Thank you Captain for acknowledging that flight attendent Doreen Welsh had an entirely different story. She should be able to tell her story as I read it in a western Pennsylvania newspaper. She is special to say the least.

carol clemons Va. Beach   February 11th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Tell The crew that I officially give them the Lucky Number 5 .

Flight 1549
155 passengers
Impact at 1531
Pilot Sulley 57 now 58yr

All this equals 5 too

Barbara Fagan   February 11th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Captain Sully: Do you think that your experience as a glider pilot helped with this emergency landing?

Ed St. Clairsville, OH   February 11th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Mr. Sullenburg and Crew,

Congratulations on a great job! Was there in your opinion any way possible that you could have avoided the birds all together by pulling up or descending?

Ed from St. Clairsville, OH

Yvon Florida   February 11th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

From the beginning I never heard any comment on the plane itself ,
would all kinds of planes have resisted the impact and would the result have been the same .

Chirag Bindal (Seattle)   February 11th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Can humans develop technology that can prevent bird hits and as such reduce risk to human as well as bird life? Sky belongs to the birds first and if we humans have technologically advanced enough to fly around in our planes, we should pay some heed to birds' lives as well. I am happy that everyone was saved, but I am sad for the birds.

Julie Willoz   February 11th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am totally inspired by the crew and passengers. It must still be very scary for everyone to think about "what could have been". I can understand how the flight attendant in the red seems still very shaken. All of the publicity must seem surreal, but I appreciate that they share their story.

tom norton   February 11th, 2009 9:19 pm ET



Helen Fritsch Charlotte,NC USAirways flight attendant   February 11th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Rex Rabin–Cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee–depicted an awesome picture of the crash. If you could get that cartoon, the public would marvel at it! As a flight attendant, it gave me chills and made me cry.

Yvon Florida   February 11th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I never heard any comment about the resistance of the plane itself . Would any plane ha ve resited as well ?

Marie Eastman   February 11th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

To the guys at the back of the plane: How did you get out with water rapidly rushing in? It takes a full 7-10 minutes to exit the back of a plane in normal times. How did you get past all the slow-moving people?

Josh Lackey   February 11th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

If the impact with birds had occured one half mile before or after actual point, would there have been a water land option?

ellen   February 11th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

For captain "Sully"
Did your glider experience help you

gary de long   February 11th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I went to same High School as "Scully". Denison High School "Yellow Jackets" in Denison, Texas. I graduated in '65, Scully I believe was '68 or '69. DHS is proud of you Scully!!!!!

Janice   February 11th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I think that some rude comments that some of these people are saying on this blog is uncalled for and if they don't want to keeping hearing about this they always have the choice of turning the station or shutting the radio or tv off. This was a geat thing that the crew and everybody involved did and as I said last night they are great heroes and those rude people should hope that some day when they fly on a jet that a crew like this is onboard.

Donna Johnson   February 11th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Congratulations on a job VERY WELL done! My daughter only has her flight test to do (scheduled for this Friday), then she will have her pilots license. A year ago, she was to do a solo, but the winds were too high, so her instructor went up with her. To this day, I thank God he did...they were in a Cessna 172 and the engine failed. The instructor was able to get back to the airport (he glided), and they were okay. As a parent of a child who was in that situation, I can only say "thank you to all pilots who are trained so well and make split second decisions and save lives".

vernon meyer   February 11th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

How many life boats do planes how? How are they deployed? Where are they stored?

Louise   February 11th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am currently watching the show and can't help to wonder why no one is acknowleding the co-pilot

steve   February 11th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

how did the people get to the wings?

John Paschal   February 11th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Is it possible to take measures to avert flying into birds?

J.Horn   February 11th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Everyone is happy that an airline catastrophy was averted but enough is enough with this story. The pilot did what he's paid to do and managed to save his own bacon along with the rest of the passengers and crew. He displayed great calm and skill, and had one hell of a lot of luck. As for the flight attendants, I'm not sure how they figure into the picture apart from being survivors. I'm tired of FA's being hailed as heros of the skies. They're grumpy overpaid wait staff that have an elevated sense of themselves. It's rare to find a good one these days. It takes years to become a hairdresser yet it takes months to become a flight attendant. Nuff said.
Can we move onto some other story now? Like Austrailia burning to the ground or N.Korea prepping a missile.


Mike Hay   February 11th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

They are all charter members of the Hudson Gliding Club!

Frank Palecek   February 11th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

USAirways pilots and crew are some of the best trained in the industry. It is no surprise that Capt. Sullenberger and his crew performed the way they did during this incident. But credit for their actions should also be extended to the people that run the training centers in Pittsburgh, PA and Charlotte, NC. They really put the crews though some intensive training including water landings similar to this.

Kelly in Illinois   February 11th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

It is so good that the passengers and crew made it out ok! Just take it one day at a time!

Linda (Florida)   February 11th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

My father was in the 1977 (I think) National Airlines Flight that crashed in Escambia Bay near Tampa, Florida. He related that the bottom of the plane completely opened up and none of the slides came down and people had to take their life jackets off, swim under and out of the plane and someone would then throw a life jacket to them. It was pitch black and in the middle of the night. They swam a long way to a barge where he pulled many people up to safety.

Did this plane also break up a lot on the bottom? What differences in the planes now have made this superior rescue possible?

Thank you.

Mervyn Wighting   February 11th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The Airbus 320 was designed to float if necessary...and those big wings were made in England. So, three cheers for the engineers who built a good strong plane, and four cheers for the great crew who flew it that day!!

bob schweitzer   February 11th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

were there any animals in the baggage compartment?

Gerardo Mesa   February 11th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Please!!! ask some technical questions. At what altidude and heading did the birds strike occur? What did they use for electrical and hydraulics backup? At what indicated airspeed did they glide? How many degree flaps did they use for the water landing?. I'm trying to simulate the incident. Thanks

Connor   February 11th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I dont like how the airbus is made because its all computers. I wonder if the pilot know he was going to be his credited

Barbara Hermann   February 11th, 2009 9:48 pm ET


My head tells me that the rescuers and the crew of flight 1549 did an incredible job.

My heart tells me there were nearly 3000 guardian angels (the 911 victims) on the wings of this flight guiding them to safety.

Thans you,

B Herrmann

Kathy Bryant   February 11th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Captain Sullenberger and his team deserve credit and appreciation for doing what they do best, under the most emotional and possibly hazardous circmstance. Thanks to all of them for delivering a very precious cargo...our peers, families and friends...and may the angel of protection always fly with them.

Thanks and God Bless and Keep you all.

JC Brown   February 11th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Not to take away from the amazing job they did; but Was there any livestock on board? My daughter travels with her dog & it goes in the cargo.

Keevan   February 11th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think the ATC people and their interaction with The pilot have not received the recognition they deserve.

Mary   February 11th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

You showed about twenty people involved in the Miracle on the Hudson, and all of them were white. Weren't there any people-of-color involved? We'd like to see the stories of a cross section of American society.

Ted Duncan   February 11th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Thank you for the show and for sharing the heroics of the crew and the rescurers; but, what about the traffic controllers who did their job as expertly as the crew?

Jan Dalton   February 11th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

In 1955 I was a rsvn agent for Capital Airlines Hanger #3 at DCA.

People would call in and be told the flight they were requesting was full. In desperation they would describe having been with Capt Eddie all night in the tragic DC3 in 1941 and Capt Eddie would want us to bump someone to get him on the plane. Of course that was Eastern Airlines that Capt Eddie ran.

Todays agents -be prepared- you will soon learn there were thousands on Capt Sully's plane and they were all in his life raft .

mark masiarczyk   February 11th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I wish more shows had feel good proud to be human stories. thanks mark

Eric   February 11th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Can anybody give GOD a little credit pleace

Ruth Neufeld   February 11th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

What a "feel good" story -much of the world is warring, financially, the economy is a real concern and here we have a live event that impacts most of us! Thank you for the story-thanks to all those involved in the heroics of the situation and thank God you are all here to tell the story!

Virginia Lovell   February 11th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I give God all the credit – and the humans were in the position to make all the right choices – I believe God gives humans the power to make choices that shape the consequences of their lives.

– can't help but think about 9/11 – in God's eyes is there a connection? what is the connection? is this a gift?

Barbara Whipple   February 11th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

If there is one thing that comes out of this it is that God was in charge, a crew with all that experience, boats on the Hudson that close, all with experience and doing it the way they were trained.

Carole Allen   February 11th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

What a wonderful program tonight with the "hero pilot and his crew." It was inspiring from start to finish. I watch Larry King's show almost every night but many times it doesn't leave me with such an appreciation of people and what they have done. Captain Sullenberger is truly a marvelous gentleman. Let's see him again!

DR,Marietta Brown   February 11th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I agree God blessed every one to get off alive. We thank the Captain., Co Pilot, the Crew, the rescue Crew and God for giving every one the wisdom to work together. I believe someone was praying as well and God answered prayer.

james anderson   February 11th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

To the professors and others–let the country cling to this uplifting story as long as they like. However long it is, rest assured the stimulus package will be with us for more years than we would like, no doubt.

Anne Nikkel   February 11th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

We watched your 2 shows on the Miracle on the Hudson. It was truly awesome to see and hear the crew, passengers and First Responders and what a magnificent job they all did! Our hearts are full of thankfulness to these heros! However, this is a Miracle and let's not forget to give God a Thank You for this Miracle!!

kenneth Faminu   February 11th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Larry, i could not believe what i heard tonight.All your guests accepted that the Hudson event wasa miracle and not a single one of them mentioned the name of God Almighty who is the sole Authority of miracle. Anyway, i recommend that the CNN makes an album to include the pictures of the 155 passengers on board and send to them all for future reference.

Carla   February 11th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

We never get tired of hearing what a good, unselfish job all of these people did. It is a welcome change from the selfishness, fear and greed that are monopolizing the news each day.

Helen Deckert   February 11th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Larry, why didn't you have the air traffic controller on your "Miracle on the Hudson" program? We all thought he did a wonderful, stressless job on getting the airplane to the safest landing. He had such composure. Wish you had included him. It would have been so interesting to hear his thought when all this was going on.

Thank you for having the crew and passengers on your program.

Hennely   February 11th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Eric, and the rest of you are absolutely right. God definitely placed His hand in this incident, as He does in every incident so that everyone survived. If you really look at it, it was almost as if every single thing happened at the perfect moment. The timing for everything couldn't of been any better. This is attributed to many reasons: the people on the ferry coming out to rescue so quickly without even knowing what went wrong, the flight attendants being so great and selfless as they focused on getting everyone out safely and quickly, the captain being able to think so quick on his feet to make such a grand decision and having it end up so well (there you see God giving the captain that wisdom to think of this decision so last minute), and last but not least....
the passengers need to be commended! a lot of people seem to forget that the passengers behaved so great in light of a possible catastrophe. To stay calm in that situation, to be able to put their full trust and confidence in the flight attendants, to take initiative and open the doors without ever having done that before, and to think of not just themselves but of others, giving them room on the wing, working in unison to make sure that everyone survived, is absolutely amazing! They didn't yell back to the attendants, they didn't hurt each other to try to rescue themselves first, they behaved so rationally and so well! Because the pilot reacted so heroically and was so quick on his feet, because the passengers put their full trust in the flight attendants and in each other, because the attendants worked so fast in getting everyone out, and finally because the rescuers worked so diligently for a common goal of getting everyone out and onto land safely, and because God placed His hand in all this, this miraculous incident, where everyone survived, was able to take place!
Thank you guys for showing and teaching us that we should all work together!

Carolyn W Wilkerson   February 11th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

Just wanted to thank the Crew of flight 1459 for being the heros we so desperately need in these trying times. Thank you for giving me a reason to hope again.

Maria Mahar   February 11th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

As was the case with 9/11, there was a plane involved, but this time with a totally different outcome. This was the MIRACLE that New York City needed, especially for the rescue workers who got to witness and be a part of total survivorship. This was a sign of hope that so many of us need in these very troubled times. Any other outcome would have been devastating on so many levels.

Stan Sliva   February 12th, 2009 12:16 am ET

I have a thought/question that I HOPE is being carried out by someone. This thought was in my mind the minute i learned of this miraculous story. What TRULY is being done for Sully and his crew?
They single-handedly saved 150+ people, which of course means each one of those people are still around today to be with their friends, families, and loved ones. WHAT, are we doing for Sully and his crew for REAL? In my mind, if i was on that plane, i would be organizing a fund for them. One that i would contribute, and attempt to have all 150+ contribute to for the rest of our lives to provide to Sully and his crew the "key to their lives", since they spared ours. In brief, i think they should be able to live life as they wish, whether they want to or not, because those 150+ people are able to still live theirs.

I am not sure who to write to for this. maybe it's already happening. But i hope a live long serious gesture is being made for them. One that will impact in a positive way the rest of their lives.


Penny   February 12th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I think Doreen needs to be a little more THANKFUL to Captain Sully for saving her life. She is not a very nice person. If I had been in a plane crash and walked away I would be VERY VERY GRATEFUL to the Captain's. I think she is looking for a book deal??????

Carla   February 12th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Were there any children on board? If so, how were they handled?

SStover   February 12th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Dear Sully & Crew
I was a TWA stewardress in the 60s so I KNOW how quickly the crew got those doors and chutes opened. To get everyone out safely shows your great training.
Sully, my husband is an Air Force Academy class of 61 graduate and a 26 year career Air Force fighter pilot. The last plane he flew before retiring was the F15 & F16 so you know he loved his job! My comment to you is that he has always told me "I'm the best fighter pilot in the world"! (he's humble!) Now he says "Sully & I are the best pilots in the world"!!! And I still believe him! You & your crew are amazing – Gods speed to you all!
Arizona admirers

Richard Voss   February 12th, 2009 12:46 am ET

The contents of the programs are always good. However you have way to many commercials. Its a total turnoff. Sorry you have to do that!

Candice Hutson   February 12th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I wanted to say that this crew is admirable and are absolute heroes in my eyes. This amazing story shows that there is indeed some people left in the world that care about others before themselves. They risked their own lives and made sure that every passenger came out alive. Sully has the experience and knowledge and he is admirable because he kept his calm and he went beyond the call of duty to make sure that everyone was accounted for. My best wishes go out to those 5 magnificent people who went above and beyond the call of duty and God Bless them all!!!

Terry   February 12th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I too commend Capt. Sullenberger for his skillful landing of USAir 1549 in the Hudson. The landing was according to the book.

I do question whether the incident should have occurred in the first place. It was noted that Co-pilot Skiles was flying the plane during takeoff and suddenly saw a windshield full of birds. Canada Geese are very large birds and in formation should have been visible for several miles and several seconds before impact. Visibility was said to be good. The NTSB will no doubt look into pilot error and should consider lack of situational awareness as a contributing factor.

I do research on bird and waterfowl migration as it relates to risks of bird impacts with wind turbines and tall structures near major water courses. In a marine environment along the Hudson it is not uncommon for geese to be flying at the altitude Flight 1549 was flying. Extra vigilance was called for. Perhaps there was some level of inattention in the cockpit that needs to be addressed.

No question about the outcome. Sullenberger did a great job bringing the plane to a casualty free water landing. But we need to carefully review the factors leading up to the bird strike incident.

Reba   February 12th, 2009 12:55 am ET

This was a great show. I do wish the air traffic controllers would have been present to hear what was happening with them during the "incident" . Also, Garrison Keillor wrote and sang a superb song on Prarie Home Companion that mentioned all the crew members-that would have been a good addition. I hope the crew got to hear it sometime.

Jim Copley   February 12th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Larry, good show. The Captain [Sulley] had a lot of glider pilot training. This must have played a major role in the successful outcome of what was a potential disaster. In Canada we had a similar display of a pilot with the same such ability..the Gimli Glider 25 years ago.

Lucy Godfrey   February 12th, 2009 1:16 am ET

I listened to the crew and some of the passengers and also the pilot and none of them said thank you to God. this was really a miracle. How many of them believe in God or Jesus Christ , moreso than ever now since this accident. They really need to thank the good Lord because it really wasn't their time to leave this earth . The pilot was the only one that said that it was the will of God. God was the one who guided the pilot to make a safe landing in the Hudson River. You all should give great glory to God for giving you the courage and expertice to save the lives of 155 people on that plane. The Governor of New York gave the pilot the keys to the city . God was the real hero here and no even acknowledged that fact. God Bless you all and may your lives be changed because of this God given miracle.

atul   February 12th, 2009 3:14 am ET

I have not seen God but I can not imagine that God is any different than Capt. Sully and his team. He must have united with them and made it possible for all the families to be happy.
Please God bless them all. Amien.

Tonye B. Claude - Wilcox   February 12th, 2009 5:16 am ET

While I commend the pilot for his ability to remain calm and avert what would have been a huge disaster, I feel sad that this miracle is attributed to a mere mortal with no reference to God indeed, not even a mention to say "Thank you God"!! This "I am" and "I can" phenomenon that we see in America today is quite dangerous mentally, physically and spiritually for a country so great. I am not saying that "God" has to be praised from the rooftops loudly and with much fan fare however in this case there has not been ANY acknowledgement. Let us think about this seriously please.

Kayode, in Tokyo, Japan   February 12th, 2009 6:05 am ET

I know you think you just did your jobs, but it was more than that.. You were willing to lay down your lives to save others . May God honour every desire of your heart, and calm the storms of your life.

Duncan Brown   February 12th, 2009 6:14 am ET

Enjoying your riveting coverage here in New Zealand but 2 issues ...
1. Please tell us the percentage of water crash landings with any survivors !!! no reference so far.
2. Is there an ELEPHANT in the room ? The last major aircraft tragedy in New York that I saw on TV killed thousands but I have heard no reference to that either.
Sol and his humble crew are real heros and wonderful role models, they 'did thier jobs' and obviously were paying attention durring training.
Thats what will get your country and mine back on thier feet

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