Following the miraculous landing of the US Airways jet in the Hudson River, all networks have been eager to seal the first interview with the heroic pilot who made the safe crash-landing.
NBC confirmed Saturday that Today host Matt Lauer will interview pilot Chesley Sully Sullenberger on Monday.
The pilot of Flight 1549 has become an instant hero and it looks as if he did everything right. He had skill on his side, and luck. No matter how skillful the pilot, an accident like this could so easily have ended in catastrophe.
Sullenberger has been hailed as a hero by aviation experts and political leaders including Gov. David A. Paterson, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and President Bush.
We've had a miracle on 34th Street, Gov. David A. Paterson said shortly after the accident on Thursday.
I believe now we've had a miracle on the Hudson. This pilot, somehow, without any engines, was somehow able to land this plane, and perhaps without any injuries to the passengers. This is a potential tragedy that may have become one of the most magnificent days in the history of New York City agencies.