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'Miracle on the Hudson' Pilot Chesley Sullenberger Joins CBS News

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot behind the 2009 'Miracle on the Hudson' landing, is joining CBS News as an aviation and safety expert.

Sullenberger, who is a speaker and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety, rose to fame when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, saving the lives of all 155 people onboard.

He retired from US Airways and its predecessor airline after 30 years in March.

In his new role, Sullenberger will provide analysis of aviation safety, contributing to CBS News broadcasts.

"Sully is an American treasure and it is a real thrill to have him on our team at CBS News," says CBS chairman Jeff Fager. "I am a huge fan of Sully's. He is a remarkable person who has a great ability to turn his significant experience into useful insights."

"I am very pleased to join the remarkable team at CBS News," adds Sullenberger, "and I am eager to contribute to an organization I have long respected for its award-winning reputation of superior reporting."

May 20, 2011 |

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