On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, of Danville, Calif., calmly and deftly landed US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320 jet, on New York's Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled the engines.
Sullenberger's choice of landing in the Hudson came after an exchange with air traffic control. He told them the engines were disabled and that he would not be able to make it back to LaGuardia or to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. "We'll be in the Hudson," he's heard telling air traffic controllers in audio released from the event.
Sullenberger retired after 30 years at US Airways in 2010.