Danville Pilot Comes Home

Chesley Sullenberger, the U.S. Airways pilot who successfully ditched his disabled plane in the Hudson River, returned to a hero’s welcome in Danville on Saturday, as thousands rallied to cheer him on. Sullenberger had just a few words to say, heaping praise on his crew and claiming he himself was just doing his job. According to the Trib, this was in part because his union wants him to keep quiet until the National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation of the incident. But his reticence only buttresses his image as a solid guy who kept cool under pressure and doesn’t seek the limelight. Sullenberger has received numerous national accolades, including the personal thanks of outgoing President George Bush and incoming president Barack Obama, as well as attendance at Obama’s inauguration.

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