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Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger escapes death and library fine too


Pilot/superhero Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger didn’t get everything completely right when he ditched a stricken airliner into the Hudson River and ensured 150 passengers and crew escaped without any loss of life. He left behind his library book. Luckily, the library have let him off the hook and won’t be charging him late fees or a fee for the loss of the book. I knew he wasn’t perfect, everyone has their skeleton in the cupboard.

The story goes he walked the length of the sinking plane twice to make sure no-one was left behind. I wonder if he considered doing a third sweep for the missing book?

What if you were carrying a first edition of The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby or some other valuable rare book? Would you emerge from the plane with your arms above your held and the book grasped tightly in both hands? I guess it depends on the book.

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