Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's conversation with Air Traffic Control was just covered on the news.
This man's instinct was to choose the Hudson River to try and land his plane. This was simply based on choosing anywhere that wasn't metropolitan New York. He probably thought he was going to his certain death, but he had done all he could to keep the death toll down. We know he displayed extraordinary technical skill in the safe landing he achieved, but it's the humane, moral fibre he showed that overshadows it.
I'm incredibly impressed with this man's humanity. The word is invariably overused, but not in this case: A hero!