Captain Sully Sullenberger became a household name after US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson following a double bird strike during the climb out from New York LaGuardia. But did you know that his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, is still flying for American Airlines?
He was interviewed on a recent American Airlines flight by a member of the cabin crew and shared some tidbits about the minutes after takeoff of that flight and how he and Sullenberger worked with flight attendants to prepare the cabin for impact back in January 2009.
The most striking thing to me is that the whole thing unfolded so quickly, they communicated what they could, but they were so focused on getting the aircraft down as safely as possible that flight attendants didn’t know the plane landed on the Hudson – rather than on ground – until they opened the door and saw water.
Click through each question and First Officer Skiles’ answers – and ponder for a moment that a decade after successfully putting an Airbus A320 down in the river, Skiles still wears just three stripes.
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I had the honor and pleasure of flying recently with Jeff Skiles, Co-pilot of U.S. Airways flight 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson”, along with Captain Hewitt. @kenhewitta320 👨🏼✈️ He was happy to answer a few questions i had and let me video his answers to share! What an amazing man he is, and I can see why he is a successful motivational speaker. .(be sure to scroll through all seven frames to hear what he has to say) Skiles believes that life changes all around you, and if you can’t adapt and change with it, you can’t succeed. He attributes the success of the emergency landing on the Hudson to the extensive training that all members of a flight crew experience. From the mechanics and the maintenance workers to the people who write the emergency protocols and the flight attendants, he believes that we collectively as a group are responsible for the outcome on January 15, 2009. While he and captain Sullenberger piloted the plane to a safe landing, he attributes the success to the contributions of an entire organization. #miracleonthehudson #usairways #jeffskiles #motivationalspeaker #motivational #hudsonriver #americanair