U.S. Airways Pilot Captain C.B. ?Sully? Sullenberger III Gets Tons of Facebook Fans

Posted Jan 18, 2009

As most of you know by now, a U.S. Airways Group plane number 1549 had two engines lose power simultaneously when several birds were sucked into them.  The plane had to make an emergency splashdown a few days ago in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.  Fortunately ferries on the river responded immediately and helped everyone safely escape the river and the sinking plane.  Although several people were injured, everyone made it out alive.

The way that the accident was handled is mainly credited to U.S. Airways pilot Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger III.  He knew that the passengers would have a better chance at surviving if he turned the plane to head towards the river.  Now people on Facebook are showing their appreciation by joining a Fan page created in honor of the airlines pilot.

Over 300,000 people have joined at a rate of more than 1,000 new fans per minute.  Over 279 items have been posted and the wall has been signed over 14,000 times.

The role that social media played regarding the entire emergency as a while is impressive. Janis Krums used Twitter and his iPhone to show the first picture of the plane accident.  He also wrote a tweet saying that he was on his way to help the passengers escaping from the sinking plane from the ferry that he was on.

[via ZDNet]