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Why is the captain who landed his plane in the Hunson river a hero?

Remember Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger? He was the one that landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river after it struck a flock of Canadian geese. Now everyone is calling him a hero. My question is: aren't the real heroes every single other pilot that didn't hit birds? His job was to not hit birds. Humbly declined the title? He's on a commercial like 10 times a day for St; Jude Cancer Center calling himself a hero. That's not humble!

Asked By: - 1/6/2013
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He is considered a hero because he managed to land the aircraft in the Hudson with everyone onboard alive. It is extremely hard to land a land based aircraft in water. In most cases the aircraft breaks up upon contact with the water and there are usually very few if not any survivors... More
Answered By: ? - 1/6/2013
Additional Answers (10)
Because he did his job
Answered By: zapdos - 1/6/2013
 
After 9/11, Americans tried to find "heroes" in everyone who did something above and beyond. I think that word is thrown around too much. He ditched a plane in the drink, that doesn't mean he's a hero, just a good pilot. If Capt. Sullenberger lifts that same plane off a child then we can call him a hero.
Answered By: Sylvaman26 - 1/6/2013
 
Heroes are people who risk their own skin to save others and aren't trained or paid to do so. Sully was trained and saving his own skin as well as the people on the plane. He also had no idea that the plane was going to land intact and that nobody would drown.
Answered By: lowlevel - 1/6/2013
 
Flying a commercial airplane is very different than flying a jet fighter plane, and of course, different than driving a car, or bus... More
Answered By: XDreamMachineX - 1/6/2013
 
He is a hero because he landed an Airbus A320 in the water in one piece and save everyones lives. Of course they are not supposed to hit geese in the first place, but ill give you an example. You drive in your car at night and you see something on the road. You didnt see it until the last minute because its too dark to... More
Answered By: Nimki - 1/6/2013
 
Bob! the Builder.. Can he Fix it.. No he cant! Are you trying to say.. That Captain Sully Hit those Birds on Purpose so that hes engines could fail.. so that he could purposely land the aircraft into the Hudson River.. So that he can name himself a hero? Think again
Answered By: ht Freerider - 1/6/2013
 
Dude, he didn't hit those birds on purpose. As a pilot, you have no surveillance of birds getting sucked into jet engines until the engine failure lights light up on the flight display. So if you're so smart, why don't you try flying back to the airport when the engines have failed and you're losing altitude? (Hint... More
Answered By: Alex Martin - 1/7/2013
 
Flocks of geese can be difficult and sometimes even impossible to spot from a distance until it's too late,especially in an airliner with quite high speeds ,big surface area (more chance of impact),and poor maneuverability .Because all geese that I've come across aren't equipt with a transponder they are also invisable... More
Answered By: Ben - 1/7/2013
 
The pilot paid handsomely to bring the passenger landed safely especially during emergency occur. I agree with zapdos & ? he did his job.
Answered By: Abenk - 1/8/2013
 
There's a saying in aviation... More
Answered By: ? - 1/8/2013
 
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