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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has flown his final flight.

The pilot who landed a US Airways plane safely on the Hudson River last January said Wednesday he is retiring after 30 years and plans to spend some of his time pressing for more flight safety.

His last flight landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. He flew with his co-pilot during the Hudson landing, First Officer Jeff Skiles of Oregon, Wis.

As they walked off the plane, people in the airport recognized the pilots and applauded.

Sullenberger officially retired at a private ceremony in Charlotte with fellow pilots and other US Airways employees.

The 59-year-old Sullenberger joined US Airways' predecessor airline in 1980.


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The captain of the US Airways flight who made an emergency landing in the Hudson River last year is retiring.

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger of the infamous "Miracle on the Hudson" joined the airline in 1980.

Flight attendant Doreen Welsh, who was also on Flight 1549 is also retiring Wednesday.

All 150 passengers survived the emergency river landing in January 2009 when the plane's engines were struck by birds.

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