So much for his 15 minutes of fame.
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight, canceled his first and so far only media interview that was scheduled for Monday morning with the Today show’s Matt Lauer.
The appearance was canceled Sunday at the request of the U.S. Airline Pilots Association. The official reason is something about an “ongoing investigation.” The Today show said Capt. Sullenberg would appear on the show in a couple days. Then again, these plane crash investigations take a while—much longer than the glare of the media spotlight.
And now this from the Associated Press: “The crew of the US Airways plane that landed in New York's Hudson River is asking the media to back off.” Turns out they want their privacy.
The flight crew, and U.S. Airways, might be missing a rare public relationships opportunity, but maybe—unlike many Americans—they don’t want a shot at a reality TV show.
I say good for them.