The Pendleton Panther

Hudson River Pilot Retires

Posted on: March 4, 2010

Captian "Sully"

The captain of the airplane that crash landed into the Hudson River about a year ago has announced his retirement.  Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, said he piloted his last flight after he landed the last plane of his shift on Wednesday.  Sullenberger, who is fifty-nine years of age, said the company he joined in 1980 will be one of the highlights of his life.  “I have been fortunate to have followed my passion for most of my life, working in a profession I dearly love, side by side with thousands of wonderful colleagues, including the man flying my final flight with me, Jeff Skiles,” Sullenberger said in a statement.  Jeff Skiles, the other pilot who helped when the small passenger plane needed to make the emergency landing, will continue to fly planes for U.S. Airways.  The flight attendant Doreen Welsh, who helped keep all 150 passengers aboard Flight 1549 safe during the emergency, also will retire with the airline.  “I am extremely proud of Captain Sullenberger and Doreen for their quick thinking and courageous actions on January 15, 2009,” she said.

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