The 58-year-old Danville resident, who has been on a national media tour for weeks, will take a break from his rigorous interview schedule so he can complete his role in the National Transportation Safety Board’s crash investigation and return to his family, officials say.
“We regret that we are unable to fulfill all the requests that were made to Captain Sullenberger,” spokesman Alex Clemens wrote Friday in an e-mail to scores of media outlets.
Sullenberger will conduct just a few more interviews, which he has already agreed to, before he calls it quits to “wrap up the ongoing to-do items stemming from his appearance before Congress” and tries to settle back into his normal life, Clemens said.
Most of the remaining media requests, including one made by this newspaper, will be left unanswered for now, he said.
Requests from television, radio, online and print media organizations have numbered in the “multiple hundreds” and have come from every continent except Antarctica, said Clemens.
The Contra Costa Times says:
Alas, I guess you won’t be reading a Soccer Mom interview with Sullenberger, but I confess I didn’t even put in a request. Frankly, after the 60 Minutes interview, of which I only saw part, I decided I had heard enough of this story. Yeah, it’s a good story, one for the ages, but it’s time to move on. At least that’s my take. And, yes, that was Sully the news cameras flashed to during President Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday night to the joint session of Congress.