The pilot who landed a US Airways jet in the Hudson River Jan. 15 has finally broken his silence.
Chesley Sullenberger, known as "Sully" to his family and friends, received a hero's homecoming Saturday in his hometown of Danville, Calif.
"Circumstance determined that it was this experienced crew that was scheduled to fly that particular flight on that particular day," he began, "But I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the job we were trained to do. Thank you"
About 3,000 people gathered to pay tribute to their hometown hero.
Sullenberger was presented a key to the city and named an honorary police officer.