Why a Library Looked the Other Way When a Pilot’s Book Was Overdue

In 2009, US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger splash-landed his jetliner in the Hudson River, allowing everyone on board to escape safely. However, left in the cargo hold was a book Sullenberger had checked out from California State University through his local library near Danville, Calif. Sullenberger promptly asked the library for an extension and waiver of overdue fees. The librarians say they were struck by the pilot’s sense of responsibility and did him one better: They waived all fees — even lost book fees — and placed a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him. The book’s subject? Professional ethics.