'Today' Show Nabs Interview With US Airways Pilot

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says "Today" show host Matt Lauer will be
the first to interview the US Airways pilot hailed as a hero for his cool work landing a jet in the Hudson River.

NBC says Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will be interviewed Monday from Washington, a day before Barack Obama is inaugurated.

Sullenberger, who lives in Danville, Calif., became an instant celebrity when he safely ditched the airliner in the river after hitting a flock of birds and losing both engines. All 155 people aboard survived.

But he has avoided the public eye while the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the crash-landing.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-01-17-09 1930EST

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