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It has been nearly 10 years after the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” in which Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River after it hit a flock of Canada geese and lost engine power.

Using his skills as a former glider pilot, Capt. Sully deftly landed the powerless Airbus A320 aircraft on the river with minimal injuries to the 155 people on board the flight out of LaGuardia Airport. One of those 155 people on board happened to be Ric Elias, CEO of TPG‘s parent company Red Ventures.

Elias and Capt. Sully had not seen each other since the brush with death on the Hudson on Jan. 15, 2009. But they were reunited Tuesday night at the inaugural TPG Awards. The awards were held on Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum that is berthed on the very same Hudson River. Sullenberger was being honored with The Points Guy Hero Award.

“I waited for this moment for 10 years,” Elias said when the two ran into each other on the award show red carpet. “I always wondered what would I say? ‘Thank you’ seems completely inadequate, and ‘I love you’ seems inappropriate. When someone gives you a second chance at life… maybe English will come up with a new word for it.”

“For all of us, this was an event that divides one’s life into before and after,” Capt. Sully said. “And so I think in many ways it has been a second chance to rededicate ourselves to those we love, to really try to live our lives authentically with the right priorities everyday.”

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger speaks onstage during The Points Guy Awards on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy)
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger speaks onstage during The Points Guy Awards on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy)

Watch the two reunite for the first time in a decade in the video below:

Featured image by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy.

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