The US Airways pilot who safely landed a jetliner in the Hudson River says he was only doing his job.
Pilot Chesley “Sully'' Sullenberger got a hero's homecoming Saturday in Danville, the East San Francisco Bay town where he and his family live.
Sullenberger says circumstance determined he would be flying with an experienced crew on Jan. 15.
Sullenberger says, “We were simply doing the jobs we were paid to do.''
About 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 with messages including “Way to Go'' and “Sully, Danville's hero.''
Sullenberger's brief comments were his first public remarks since he brought Flight 1549 to an emergency river landing in New York City.
Sullenberger attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, and the family returned to California this week.
Katie Couric has landed the first interview with Sullenberger and his crew. It is scheduled to be shown on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Feb. 8.