Pilot Chesley Sullenberger speaks to the media at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Sully. (Seth Wenig/AP)

By Mark Memmott

The pilot who calmly landed his stricken US Airways jet on the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey in January 2009, saving 155 lives in the process, announced his retirement today.

NBC New York says that Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, 59, said in a statement that:

"Though I am retiring, I will continue to serve as the same kind of advocate I have always been -- not only for aviation safety, but for the airline piloting profession. I will work to remind the entire industry -- and those who manage and regulate it -- that we have a sacred duty to our passengers to do the very best that we know how to do."

Also retiring today: Doreen Welsh, one of the flight attendants on the fateful flight. She is also 59.

Says US Airways CEO Doug Parker in a statement: "I am extremely proud of Captain Sullenberger and Doreen for their quick thinking and courageous actions on January 15, 2009."

categories: National News

10:55 - March 3, 2010