Capt. Sully Plans Return to Flying

Hero pilot will also become part of US Airways' safety management team
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 5:15 PM CDT
In this Feb. 9, 2009 file photo Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 speaks during an appearance on CBS's "The Early Show" in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
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(Newser) – Chesley Sullenberger, who saved the passengers and crew of US Airways Flight 1549 when he executed daring water landing on the Hudson River in January, will soon return to flying. The hero pilot's return to the cockpit is imminent, the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles reports. In addition to flying, Sullenberger will have some new responsibilities as a "management pilot" on US Airways' safety team.

"The months since January 15 have been very full, and my family and I have had some unforgettable experiences," Sullenberger said in a statement today. “However, I have missed working with my colleagues at US Airways and I am eager to get back in the cockpit with my fellow pilots in the months ahead. In my new role, I will continue to be the same kind of advocate for aviation safety that I have been for several decades.”