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Hero pilot and crew to get keys to city

world Updated: Feb 09, 2009 21:54 IST
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The pilot who landed a jetliner in the Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone on board, and his crew are receiving the symbolic keys to the city from New York's mayor on Monday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ceremony for Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 caps off a weekend of adulation and interviews.

Sullenberger was hailed as a hero after he set down his disabled plane on the river just off Manhattan, within reach of rescue boats, saving the lives of all 155 people last month. A flock of birds had disabled the plane's engines.

On Monday, the pilot made the rounds of morning television news shows.

Sullenberger told CBS that he felt there was too much attention on him, and "not enough on the team." On ABC, some passengers thanked him for saving their lives. Others said there was no panic because of Sullenberger's calming voice.

In an interview broadcast Sunday night on CBS, the pilot described lying awake at nights second-guessing his performance _ even though his skillful flying saved the lives of everyone on board.