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Hero Pilot Addresses Congress

The pilot who successfully landed in the Hudson river last month says pay and benefit cuts are driving the nation's best pilots away.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger told lawmakers in Congress this morning that his salary has been cut 40% in recent years and his pension has been terminated.

"I am worried that the airline piloting profession will not be able to continue to attract the best and brightest. The current experience and skills of our country's professional airline pilots come from investments made years ago when we were able to attract the ambitious talented people who now frequently seek professional careers elsewhere," he said. 

Sullenberger says the pay cuts came after many airlines filed for bankruptcy following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

He says those cuts, along with the economic downturn, has put pilots in a tough financial situation.

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