A Hero's Return: Sully Lands New Gig

In addition to flying duties, Sully will join the US Airways flight operations safety management team.

By Hasani Gittens
|  Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 4:26 PM EDT
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"Miracle on the Hudson” hero pilot Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is about to take on one of his toughest assignments yet: Management.

The pilot who deftly maneuvered US Airways flight 1549 to a picture-perfect landing on the frigid waters of the Hudson River in January is returning to work for the airline as a “management pilot,” the company announced Monday.

In addition to flying duties, Sully will join the US Airways flight operations safety management team.

"The months since January 15 have been very full, and my family and I have had some unforgettable experiences," said Capt. Sullenberger in a statement released by the airline.

 “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.”

US Airways said there will be a separate announcement when the details of Sully’s return to flight are confirmed, but a “pre-announcement” will be posted on Twitter, of course.

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