- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2009

DANVILLE, Calif. • The US Airways pilot who safely landed a jetliner in the Hudson River says he was only doing his job.

Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is being given a hero’s homecoming in Danville, the East San Francisco Bay town where he and his family live.

During brief remarks at Saturday’s celebration, Sullenberger said circumstance determined he would be flying with an experienced crew on Jan. 15x.

Sullenberger says, “We were simply doing the jobs we were paid to do.”

Around 3,000 people gathered under drizzly skies in the town square to welcome Sullenberger home. The lawn was festooned with American flags, and some people held signs including, “Way to Go” and “Sully, Danville’s hero.”

Sullenberger’s brief comments were his first since he brought Flight 1549 to an emergency river landing in New York City.


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