“You drew from years of training and safety, and you knew how to land that plane. We salute you and every member of this crew. Thank you very much,” President Donald Trump said before shaking Shults’ and Ellisor’s hands.
The way Shults handled the April 17 emergency has been applauded by passengers, but in a joint statement with Ellisor, the captain shrugged off praise for their actions.
“We all feel we were simply doing our jobs,” they said in a statement posted on the airline’s social media pages. “Our hearts are heavy. On behalf of the entire crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family’s profound loss.”
The pilots said they had been interviewed by investigators and would not be doing any media interviews.