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Chesley Sullenberger

Pilot Chesley Sullenberger
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Profession: Pilot

United States of America

Biography: Sullenberger was named the 'hero of the Hudson' for his successful ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in Manhattan after the aircraft was struck by geese on take off, on January 15, 2009.

Sullenberger's story was portrayed in the film Sully, where he was played by Tom Hanks.

Born: January 23, 1951
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, USA
Age: 71 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius

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  • 2009-01-15 Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the "Miracle on the Hudson"

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