Scottsdale, Arizona – Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, captivated Scottsdale during the recent JLL ESC conference held at the beautiful Hyatt at Gainey Ranch Resort. Peter Jordan was honored to photograph the American hero.
Captain Sully gave a second-by-second account of his decision making process on January 15, 2009 that “ditched” US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River after a bird strike with all 155 passengers safely evacuating the plane. It is described by NTSB board member Kitty Higgins as “the most successful water landing in aviation history.”
The captain was asked by the NTSB if looking back on that faithful day, would he do anything differently. Sully’s response was no. His training and pilot’s instinct kicked in and he would do it all the same. Sullenberger said: “One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal. “When his copilot, Jeff Skiles, was asked the same question, Skiles said he would have ditched the plane in July!