Howard welcomed Emma Sophina, a survivor of the Flight 1549 crash, to the studio to discuss what it was like to be in a plane that's going down. Emma told the crew that was in the States on vacation and had zoned out during the pre-flight safety instructions only to hear a pop and smell smoke about 90 seconds after taking off: "And then we felt the plane dropping and the engines dying." Howard asked Emma if any guys came up to her and asked if she'd like to go out with a bang, but she denied it: "We had, like, five minutes so I doubt there was time." Howard wondered if Emma made any life decisions or bargains with God when the plane was going down, so Emma explained that she just stayed calm and made her peace: "I was surprised by how quiet it was on the plane."
Robin Questions Captain Sullenberger's Heroism
Emma said the impact felt like they'd hit a building - the worst part of the water landing was afterward: "You know what's a real bugger to get on? Your lifejacket." Ralph called in to take issue with Robin for questioning the heroism of Cpt. Sullenberger, the flight's pilot, so Robin repeated that Cpt. Sullenberger had no choice: "He was doing his job." Emma said, "For me, personally, he's a hero."