‘Miracle on the Hudson’ pilot steps down from worldwide put up


Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger poses on the premiere of “Sully” in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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WASHINGTON/MONTREAL, June 23 (Reuters) – C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger, the business pilot who safely landed an Airbus A320 on New York’s Hudson River in 2009 after hitting a flock of geese, stated on Thursday he would step down as U.S. envoy to a world aviation group on July 1.

Sullenberger was confirmed in December as U.S ambassador to the Worldwide Civil Aviation Group based mostly in Montreal. He stated in an announcement that “relinquishing my function” was not a straightforward determination however didn’t provide a purpose for his departure after simply over six months.

The announcement comes a month after Sullenberger raised issues about makes an attempt by regional airways to cut back pilot necessities that he warned would weaken security.

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A State Division spokesperson stated Sullenberger’s “indeniable credibility on aviation security and safety issues strengthened American management on these points and strengthened our nation’s partnerships throughout the globe.”

The USA is anticipated to play an vital function at ICAO’s triennial meeting later this 12 months, the place nations are attempting to dealer a long-term settlement on aviation emissions together with mandating extra environment friendly future plane.

Sullenberger has remained a vocal advocate for aviation security and stated Thursday his departure from ICAO “won’t finish is my willpower to make use of my voice as an ardent advocate for the security of everybody who flies.”

“I’m deeply dedicated to aviation security and safety – to the security and wellbeing of all who fly,” he stated, including this dedication predated the 2009 “Miracle” flight and “will stay my focus as I return to personal life.”

Final month, a pilots union distributed an announcement from Sullenberger elevating issues about efforts by regional airways to cut back new pilot necessities, quoting him saying they had been “attempting to weaken critically vital pilot expertise requirements which can be wanted to maintain passengers and crews secure.”

In 2019, Sullenberger testified earlier than Congress in help of requiring pilots to get new simulator coaching earlier than Boeing 737 MAX flights might resume following two deadly crashes.

“Our present system of plane design and certification has failed us,” Sullenberger stated.

Congress in 2020 authorized sweeping laws to reform how the FAA certifies new airplanes.

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Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Allison Lampert in Montreal; Enhancing by Sandra Maler and Stephen Coates

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