Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger Speaks About Air France Disaster

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After successfully landing a crippled Airbus 320 on the Hudson River in January 2009, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger quickly became the face of all that is good in commercial aviation. Now America's most popular pilot is headed to CBS news, where he will use the skills he honed making years worth of boarding announcement to serve as the network's aviation safety expert.

Ever since the first images emerged of U.S. Airways flight 1549 descending onto the Hudson River, Sully has been basking in the media spotlight.

After the recovery of the black box from Air France Flight 447 showed that pilot error was to blame for the crash, Capt. Sullenberger told CBS that pilots needed to be trained better so they could internalize their skills.

He also recently provided some perspective for journalists when news of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job went national by advocating against proposed cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration's budget.
The rights to Sully's memoir, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Matters," were purchased last year by a Hollywood studio, and TLC released a documentary of the event in 2010.

Even the plane that Captain Sullenberger manhandled to a water landing has become an icon: The pockmarked vessel is set to arrive next week at the Carolinas Aviation Museum near Charlotte. Many of the plane's passengers (the bulk of whom are from the Charlotte-area) will be on hand with the captain himself, who one imagines will not have to buy his own drinks.

WATCH his interview with Harry Smith below:



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