Miracle on the Hudson Pilot to Retire

March 3, 2010 Updated: March 3, 2010

NEW YORK—The man who safely flew a damaged airplane to safety last year is retiring Wednesday.

Captain Chesley Sullenberger was lauded for his efforts in safely landing a North Carolina-bound aircraft in the Hudson River after the engines were damaged by birds.

Sullenberger, 59, piloted his last airplane on Wednesday after a 30-year career.

He has written a book, “Brace for Impact,” detailing his experiences.

Sullenberger has also testified in front of Congress about pilot safety since the incident.