“He’s the most honorable man I know,” his wife said. “The man that makes my tea in the morning.”
Captain Sullenberger said, “Circumstance determined the crew that day. We were just doing what we were trained to do.”
“May the good forces of the Universe protect you,” a citizen sent to Danville’s Mayor, in a message for Sully…..
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger — who put his US Airways jetliner down on the Hudson minutes after both engines failed, and who walked the length of the drifting Airbus A320 twice to make certain that all 155 people on board got off safely — was greeted by several thousand cheering people gathered around the town square in Danville, California, for a celebration in his honor.
Mayor Newell Arnerich presented Sullenberger with a ceremonial key to the city, an upscale suburb near San Francisco. Sullenberger, who has avoided public comment since the January 15 incident, made very brief remarks.
He thanked the crowd for an “incredible outpouring of support.”
“Circumstance determined that it was this experienced crew that was scheduled to fly on that particular flight on that particular day,” Sullenberger said. “But I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do. Thank you.”
Friends and neighbors of the pilot who safely landed a crippled jetliner in New York’s Hudson River planned to give him a hero’s homecoming on Saturday.
The mayor and other officials were preparing to greet US Airways Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his family with a ceremony on Danville’s town green.
Sullenberger, who lives in this San Francisco Bay Area suburb, has been lauded nationwide for gliding Flight 1549 to an emergency river landing on Jan. 15 after both of the plane’s engines were disabled following a collision with a flock of birds. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued.
Community members planned to celebrate his feat with music, an honor guard and other presentations.
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US Airways pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger III.