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Biden nominates 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot Sully Sullenberger to aviation ambassador post

Business Insider logo Business Insider 6/15/2021 aharoun@businessinsider.com (Azmi Haroun)
Chesley Sullenberger wearing a suit and tie: Captain Sully Sullenberger has been nominated for an ambassador role in the Biden administration. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images © Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images Captain Sully Sullenberger has been nominated for an ambassador role in the Biden administration. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images
  • President Biden nominated Capt. Sully Sullenberger to an aviation ambassador position Tuesday.
  • Sullenberger famously landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 after bird strikes caused both engines to fail.
  • All 155 people aboard survived the crash.
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The Biden administration on Tuesday nominated retired Capt. Sully Sullenberger to an aviation ambassador post.

Sullenberger, a former air force fighter and airline captain, famously landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009 after bird strikes caused both engines to malfunction.


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All 155 passengers on board survived the incident, which became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

Sullenberger appeared in a political ad in September 2020, calling on Americans to vote former President Donald Trump out of office. The Biden administration is seeking to confirm the former pilot as the US representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Alongside Sullenberger, Biden announced another eight ambassador nominees to various countries.

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