Mayor Lauds Pilot, Urges Caution On Crash Cause
Bloomberg Lauds Hero US Airways Pilot, Urges Caution On Crash Cause - wcbstv.com
The 57-year-old Sullenberger, from Danville, Calif., is a 29-year US Airways veteran and a former U.S. Air Forcer fighter pilot who flew F-4 aircraft. He is president of Safety Reliability Methods, a California safety consulting firm.
"We have a heroic pilot who saved himself and 154 other passengers. We've had a Miracle on 34th Street and now I believe we've had a miracle on the Hudson," Gov. David Paterson said at a joint press conference with Bloomberg on Thursday evening.
"This was a potential tragedy that became one of the most spectacular days in the history of New York City's agencies."
Paterson credited N.Y. Waterways, Circle Line, the Coast Guard and various city agencies for assisting in the rescue operation.
Bloomberg said the Sullenberger's actions will not be forgotten any time soon.
"It would appear the pilot did a masterful job. He walked the plane twice after everyone else got off. A passenger said he was the last one up the aisle and that there was no one behind him," Bloomberg said. "This pilot did a wonderful job and it would appear that all 155 got out safely."
This man is a true hero.