CHARLOTTE – The pilot made famous because of an emergency landing on the Hudson River last year is calling it quits – sort of.
Earlier Wednesday, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger flew his last flight to Charlotte Douglas International Airport before officially retiring from U.S. Airways.
Sullenberger has since written a book and continues to be hailed a hero.
As Sullenberger taxied into the airport, emergency crews lined the runway spraying water cannons in arcs over the plane.
He says he's ready to move on from U.S. Airways after a 30-year career. But he won't be taking it easy any time soon.
“We have some work to do in Washington to urge our leaders not to lose sight of what really matters and what our priorities must be and how hard we must continue to work to keep aviation safer,” Sullenberger said. “We can't just rely simply on investments from previous generations. We must continue to renew our investments, and those must be not only in technology, not only in the system in which we operate, but in people.”
He also plans to write another book.