Sully: My Search for What really Matters
Authors: Chesley B. Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Zaslow Publisher: William Morrow & Company ISBN: 9780062564320
ON JAN 19, 2009, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger was flying from La Guardia Airport when the plane was hit by a flock of geese, causing it to lose both engines.
Sully did an emergency water landing on the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew were saved. Sully himself was branded a hero of the whole event, known as the Miracle on the Hudson.
Most of the book focuses on this pilot’s background, how flying became his passion, his time and training in the military and how he started to fly with commercial aircraft.
When he described the event over the Hudson, I liked how he recalled the ways the cabin crew were working hard trying to find an alternative landing spot, even as they were losing altitude.
I was impressed by how he never took all the credit himself, and tried to turn the spotlight on the rescuers who came following the crash. He also explained how teamwork, being prepared and having hope were important lessons that he learnt that time, and which inspired him to be a better person.
This book is for those interested in aviation, or who enjoy inspiring stories. – Kevin Low