Pilot describes `shocking' thuds of geese

NEW YORK (AP) - The pilot who ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River says he had a "sickening" feeling when a flock of birds disabled both engines with violent thuds, crippling the plane at 3,000 feet over New York City.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger says the sound of the geese hitting the plane and the smell of burning poultry entering the cabin was "shocking."

He says the loud thumps were like the worst thunderstorm he'd ever heard growing up in Texas.

He said that in the aftermath of the emergency landing, he lay awake at night second-guessing his performance, even though all 155 people aboard survived.

He said he initially had trouble forgiving himself because he thought he could have done something different in that "critical situation."

But he says he's past that now.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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