Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is retiring at age 59, US Airways announced Wednesday.
The pilot shot to fame in Jan. 2009 after he heroically landed a flight in the Hudson River after the plane was struck by geese. All 155 passengers survived the landing.
Sullenberger returned to duty in Sept. 2009, but has only piloted a limited number of flights. He has become a member of US Airways’s flight operations safety management team and has taught safety courses.
In Oct. 2009, he returned to the skies for the first time since the miracle landing, captaining a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
On Oct. 13, Sully published Highest Duty, an autobiography and account of his Jan. 15 landing in the Hudson.