Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot behind the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" landing, is joining CBS News as an aviation and safety expert, the network announced Thursday.

Sullenberger, 60, rose to international fame for helping save 155 lives on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after two engines failed. A Congressional resolution was later passed recognizing the bravery of Sullenberger and his crew.

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Sullenberger granted his first interview about the incident to CBS News' 60 Minutes in February 2010.

"Sully is an American treasure and it is a real thrill to have him on our team at CBS News," CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said in a statement.  "He is a remarkable person who has a great ability to turn his significant experience into useful insights.  He will help our viewers better understand the stories involving safety and air travel that seem to pop up all of the time."

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Sullenberger, who has more than 40 years of flying experience under his belt, will contribute to multiple CBS News programs.

"I am very pleased to join the remarkable team at CBS News," Sullenberger said, "and I am eager to contribute to an organization I have long respected for its award-winning reputation of superior reporting."

Sullenberger retired from flying in March 2010 and wrote a book about his life and the US Airways flight, titled Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.