Sully Lands at CBS

If you watch CBS, you will soon see a lot more of a local hero.

Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 1:53 PM EDT
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Capt. Sully Sullenberger looks back at the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 that landed 155 people safety in the Hudson River.

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The pilot who safely brought down that plane in the Hudson River has landed at CBS News.       

The network announced Thursday that Captain Chesley Sullenberger III, known as Sully, has been named as an Aviation and Safety Expert.  He is supposed to contribute to broadcast "across the entire news division," according to the press release.

Sully and his family live here in the Bay Area calling Danville home.

In his new role, Sullenberger will provide analysis of aviation safety, contributing to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

CBS News president David Rhodes said, "Sully is a genuine hero.''       

Sullenberger said in a statement that he is "eager to contribute to an organization I have long respected for its award-winning reputation of superior reporting."

It was on Jan. 15, 2009, that Sullenberger and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York's frigid Hudson River. His quick response to the loss of two of the plane's engines saved the lives of all 155 people aboard.

Logging 20,000 hours of flight service, Sullenberger retired from US Airways in March 2010.

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