Captain Chesley Sullenberger, pilot of the airliner which made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York last month, has given his first interview about the incident on 60 Minutes.
'I knew immediately it was very bad.'
He said his initial reaction was one of disbelief. Capt. Sullenberger was hailed as a hero after ditching his plane safely. All 155 people onboard survived.
Investigators have now confirmed that a large flock of birds collided with both of the engines of Flight 1549 shortly before it ditched, on January 16th. Authorities released a recording of communications between air traffic controllers and the pilot this week.
Capt. Sullenberger is heard calmly telling controllers the aircraft had been struck by birds. Asked if he was able to return to the airport, he answered: "Unable."
In the last of his messages, he said: "We're gonna be in the Hudson."
Watch the video here: cbsnews.com/Capt. Sullenberger
Read this article in NYMag about how great pilots like Sully may be a dying breed.