Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger -- who put his US Airways jetliner down on the Hudson minutes after both engines failed, and who walked the length of the drifting Airbus A320 twice to make certain that all 155 people on board got off safely -- was greeted by several thousand cheering people gathered around the town square in Danville, California, for a celebration in his honor.
Mayor Newell Arnerich presented Sullenberger with a ceremonial key to the city, an upscale suburb near San Francisco. Sullenberger, who has avoided public comment since the January 15 incident, made very brief remarks.
He thanked the crowd for an "incredible outpouring of support."