"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."