Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the famed pilot who successfully landed a US Airways plane in the Hudson River last January is retiring today.
The emergency landing that made Sully's one of America's most famous pilots was necessary after a flock of south-bound Canadian Geese collided with and disabled the plane's engines. At 2,500 feet, Sully made a snap decision. And as we know, all 150 passengers survived the icy landing on one of the year's coldest days.
Below is a recording from the cockpit just before the plane went down:
Sully has already published a book about his adventures, and according to a spokesman, he will be spending some time with his family.
One of the flight attendants aboard the fated trip, Doreen Welsh, 59, is also retiring.