‘Miracle on the Hudson’ pilot meets babies born to passengers he saved

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

On January 15, 2009, Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger safely crash-landed his turbulent plane on the Hudson River in New York City. He saved 155 lives.

On the fourth anniversary of the event known as "Miracle on the Hudson," Sullenberger was reunited with some of those passengers on Katie Couric's talk show, Katie.

He was also introduced to five of the 10 children born to passengers since the crash, including one boy named after the river the plane landed on: one-year-old Hudson Norton, who was born on the third anniversary of the crash.

"These are special, special kids. Kids that maybe wouldn't have been born otherwise.It makes it all very real," he told Couric.

"It's just another great reminder of how much good happened that day," he added.

While the pilot and the passengers he saved have become close, it took Sullenberger almost a year before he could celebrate the safe landing.

"I remember it vividly. It took months for me to be able to process the event itself and then move on," he said, adding that "even though we had a great outcome, it was incredibly intense and traumatic."

"It took many months for me to begin to sleep again normally — for me to quiet my mind," said Sullenberger.

"The situation wasn’t about choosing. It was thrust upon us," he added. "I was very happy that everyone involved did their jobs extraordinarily well."