Sullenberger: Airline Cuts Invite Risks

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2009 1:15 PM CST
The crew of US Airways flight 1549.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger told Congress today that cost-cutting by carriers is forcing experienced colleagues out of jobs, to the detriment of safety in the skies, the Chicago Tribune reports. “We will see negative consequences to the flying public,” the US Airways captain said. Sullenberger himself has seen his pay cut 40% recently, and his pension has been terminated.