AFA Fighter Jet Pilot Praised For Cool, Quick Thinking

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Officials and passengers are praising the cool-headed US Airways pilot who maneuvered his crippled jet and ditched it in New York's frigid Hudson River.

All 155 people on board survived.

The pilot was 57-year-old Chesley B. Sullenberger III.

Witnesses say the pilot appeared to guide the Airbus A320 down. Bob Read, a TV producer who saw the plane go into the water, says it appeared to be a "controlled descent."

Passenger Joe Hart says after both engines cut out the pilot actually "floated" the plane into the river. He calls the pilot's performance "phenomenal."

Another passenger says it was "a hell of a landing."

Sullenberger describes himself in an online professional profile as a 29-year employee of US Airways. He started his own consulting business, Safety Reliability Methods, two years ago. He also flew F-4 fighter jets with the Air Force in the 1970s.

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