‘Miracle on the Hudson’ pilot to headline Centennial Airport’s 50th anniversary event – Denver Business Journal

A luncheon event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Centennial Airport will be headlined by Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the retired airline pilot famous for the 2009 "miracle on the Hudson" landing of a jetliner in New York’s Hudson River.

Sullenberger will speak May 25 at the event, "sharing his credo of ‘leadership by personal example’ as well as the life lessons that prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis," the airport announced.

On Jan. 15, 2009, Sullenberger was the captain aboard a US Airways flight taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport when his Airbus A320 struck a flock of Canada geese in midair and lost power in both engines.

Deciding they could not reach a nearby airport in time to avoid a crash, Sullenberger and copilot Jeff Skiles landed the jet in the icy waters of the Hudson River off Manhattan. Everyone on board was rescued from the floating aircraft with only minor injuries reported.

The incident was portrayed in Clint Eastwood’s 2016 feature film "Sully," with Tom Hanks portraying Sullenberger.

The luncheon will be held Friday, May 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. (CLICK HERE for more information.)

The event will raise funds for the Centennial Airport Foundation to support local scholarships to Colorado aviation and aerospace programs and students, officials said.

Centennial Airport, operated by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, is one of the nation’s busiest general-aviation airports.

“From humble beginnings in 1968, Centennial Airport has grown to become one of the most respected, premier business airports in the nation,” said airport CEO Robert Olislagers. “More importantly, the airport has proven itself as an integral part of the economic success of the Denver South Metro area, and being able to celebrate 50 years of aviation excellence with Captain Sullenberger, who exemplifies excellence in aviation, is a fitting tribute to not only the airport, but to all who have made our success possible.”

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