Pilot who landed airliner on Hudson River to speak at Purdue

February 14, 2019 GMT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The pilot famed for landing a crippled airliner on the Hudson River in New York City a decade ago will speak at Purdue University later this month.

Purdue alumnus Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger will speak Feb. 24 at the West Lafayette campus’ Elliott Hall of Music.

The retired captain’s speech, titled “208 Seconds: A Lifetime of Lessons,” will be free and open to the public.

Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009 , after a collision with a flock of geese took out both of the plane’s engines shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.


His actions saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew.

The 2016 film “Sully” recounted the plane’s landing. It was directed by Clint Eastwood, with Tom Hanks portraying Sullenberger.