Monday, January 19, 2009

Danville Looks to Welcome Home Sullenberger

Danville officials are hoping to welcome home the world's most famous pilot this weekend, as U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger III is scheduled to return to California.

Sullenberger was the pilot who safely landed US Airways Flight #1549 in New York's Hudson River last Thursday with 154 passengers and crew on board after engine failure.

Sullenberger, 57, who was invited to and expected to attend President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington Tuesday, brought the crippled plane to a safe landing some three minutes into the flight after it was reportedly hit by birds after take off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The reported bird strike took out both engines.

The proposed plan for this weekend is to have the ceremony take place at the Danville Community Center on Front Street.

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