Hats off to airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger

If anyone deserves a medal it is Captain Chesley B “Sully” Sullenberger for safely landing US Airlines flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York, not only saving the lives of all of his passengers and saving the aircraft, but also the lives of New Yorkers who could have been killed had he not made the brave decision to land on water and not try for the alternate Teterboro airport six miles away in New Jersey.

Having taken off his Airbus 320 from Laguardia Airport and been hit by a double bird strike, pilot Captain Sullenberger landed his plane in the Hudson River saving all 155 passengers and crew. The entire take-off, flight, bird strike and landing occurred in less than five minutes, so you have to admire the split second decision making and execution of a text book landing on water. Hats off to you Captain Chesley Sullenberger, not only do you deserve a medal, you’ll get one. Many many congratulations from all of us at Hazlemere Windows and well done indeed.


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