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Sully to Tower -- "We're Goin' in the Hudson"

2/5/2009 1:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Officials have finally released the dramatic audio recording of the moment Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger called in a double bird strike and warned air traffic control that Flight 1549 "might end up in the Hudson."

Flight 1549 audio: Click to watch
It's amazing how cool and calm everybody acted in the situation, however there was one moment of confusion -- during the brief communication, neither the pilot nor the traffic controllers identify the correct number of the flight -- 1549.

Sully calls it "1539" and the traffic controllers call it "Flight 1529" -- didn't matter in the end though, they still pulled off a "miracle."


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Rick J    

I was on a plane from orlando to hartford about 7 years ago and we lost the left engine (explosion, smoke, etc) and we banked so sharply to return to the airport (only in the air about 10 minutes) that we thought we were starting a death spiral. People screaming, praying, etc - VERY scary. Landed in Orlando, about 50 emergency trucks lining the runway. Landed okay, the Captain came back and he was right out of Central Casting - about 6'4", square jaw and gave full credit to the copilot. Wrote a letter to Delta praising the pilot and crew, never heard a reply.
PS Only about half or less of the passengers got on the replacement plane.

2085 days ago


Capt. Sully Flys glider planes in the Bay area... Im sure that helped in the smooth landing. Cool Hand Luke, pick us up in the Hudson.

2085 days ago

a person    

Amazing! I want him as the pilot on all of my flights!

2084 days ago

afraid of flying    

I am so impressed by the calm and professionalism of the pilot and ground crew. I don't enjoy flying AT ALL - even though I do it a lot -- but knowing there are pilots like Capt. Sulley out there is reassuring. Kudos to a REAL hero and rolemodel!

2084 days ago



2084 days ago


He wasn't talking to the tower.

1546 days ago
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