MARLO THOMAS
05/20/2013 12:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

"Brace For Impact," From Captain Sully Sullenberger (VIDEO)

"This is the captain, brace for impact." Those were the words of hero Captain Sully Sullenberger during the emergency landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. When he joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he described his thought process during the incident. Captain Sully described the extreme time pressure he was under -- he and his first officer didn't even have time to have a conversation about what to do! He only had time to make one announcement to the cabin, and he wanted to make sure he sounded calm and confident. He used the word "brace" to alert flight attendants to instruct passengers to keep their heads down. He hadn't been trained to use the word "impact," but because the plane was dropping at the rate of two floors per landing, he wanted the passengers to brace so that they would avoid injury and be able to evacuate after landing.

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