WASHINGTON — The crew of the US Airways plane that landed in New York's Hudson River has asked the media to back off while the accident is being investigated.
Flight 1549's captain, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, first officer and co-pilot Jeff Skiles, and flight attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Welsh and Donna Dent said in a joint statement Monday they want the media to "respect their desire to refrain from participating in interviews until further notice" while the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the accident.
The crew said they "wish to offer their sincere thanks and appreciation for the overwhelming support, praise and well wishes they have received from the public around the world since the events of last Thursday."
They said they are willing to do media interviews "when the time is right."
And no, when the inevitable film or tv program of this incredible event is cast, Harrison Ford should definitely not play the pilot nor Demi Moore or Jessica Alba a flight attendant; not one of them, or actually most of Hollywood, has the acting ability to portray such understated heroics.