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Matt Lauer Gets First Interview with Hero Pilot Updated

MLauer_1.17.jpgThe 37% of you (the majority) who voted NBC/MSNBC would get the first interview with Chesley B. Sullenberger are right.

This afternoon, NBC News announced that Matt Lauer will sit down with Capt. Sullenberger Monday morning on the Today show.

The live interview will be Sullenberger’s first comments since he piloted USAirways flight 1549 into the Hudson River Thursday afternoon after the plane’s engines failed. The pilot will be joined by his wife and two children during the interview.

“Today” will broadcast live from Washington, DC Monday and Tuesday, ahead of the Inauguration.

Below is the latest surveillance camera images of the crash landing.

> Update 11:25pmET: A tipster sends along an update from the Today show’s Twitter:

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I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

> Update 2:15pmET Sunday: A network insider tells us that when Capt. Sully does choose to speak, an agreement is being made that he’ll do all networks on the same day. No exclusives.

> Update 9:30pmET Sunday: Lauer’s interview with Capt. Sully is off after a request from ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association)

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