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‘Miracle on the Hudson’: 5 years after Chesley Sullenberger was ‘guided by angels’

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) — Five years ago, US Airways Flight made a miracle landing on the Hudson River.

Some of the 155 passengers aboard the plane believe that Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was “guided by angels” as he safely landed the jet on the river, after several geese strikes blew out both engines on January 15, 2009.

“There had to be some angels helping him out,” one passenger said. Capt. Sully was formally a fighter jet pilot for the United States Air Force.

Capt. Sully, First Officer Jeff Skiles and some passengers who were on US Airways Flight 1549 on Wednesday are expected to join some of the ferry crews who rescued them from the cold waters five years ago.

“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,” the heroic pilot told Katie Couric during an interview.

Sully has gone on to author a book and has become an international speaker on aviation safety.