Hudson River Landing Not As Easy As It Looked
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Pilot Chesley Sully Sullenberger didn't have a lot of options last month when his U.S. Airways jet hit a flock of geese and lost power in both engines. He managed to set his plane down in the only space available, the Hudson River. And last night, he explained to Katie Couric on CBS's "60 minutes" how he did it.
Captain CHESLEY SULLENBERGER (U.S. Airways Pilot): I needed to touchdown with the wings exactly level. I needed to touchdown with the nose slightly up. I needed to touchdown at a decent rate that was survivable, and I needed to touchdown just above our minimum flying speed, but not below it. And I needed to make all these things happen simultaneously.
MONTAGNE: The 155 people on board survived Captain Sullenberger's skillful water landing.
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