By Olivia Scheck
MANHATTAN —Two years after his heroic landing on the Hudson River, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger remembered the day that changed his life Saturday.
“It was shocking,” Sullenberger, who had been piloting a U.S. Airways flight from LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 15, 2009, when a flock of geese took out both of the plane’s engines, told the Associated Press.
“It was the challenge of a lifetime for all of us onboard.”
Sullenberger managed to land the Airbus A320, carrying 155 passengers, safely on top of the Hudson River, marking the first time that an emergency water landing was made with no deaths aboard..
In the interview with AP, Sullenberger reflected on why the landing is considered such a prominent moment in recent American history.
“It happened at a time in the world’s history when we needed…good news, we needed a reason to feel hopeful,” Sullenberger explained.
“It made people see when we get together and we have our values straight what we can accomplish.”
They were planning smaller, more private gatherings Saturday.