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Danville Hero Pilot Sues Over NorCal Real Estate Deal

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Chelsey B. Sullenberger III participates as Grand Marshal in the 121st Annual Tournament of Roses parade, January 1, 2010 in Pasadena.

Chelsey B. Sullenberger III participates as Grand Marshal in the 121st Annual Tournament of Roses parade, January 1, 2010 in Pasadena. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

DANVILLE (AP) — The pilot acclaimed for safely landing a plane in New York’s Hudson River has filed a lawsuit over a real estate deal in Northern California.

Chesley Sullenberger and his wife, Lorraine, claim the $935,000 they paid for a building in the city of Paradise in 2002 was well above its market value. They accuse bank officials and the real estate broker of overinflating the price.

The suit seeks a nullification of the original loan and reimbursement for alleged overpayments. A trial is set for September if mediation talks fail.

The real estate broker, Cherie Huillade, tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa the property’s appraisal was accurate.

Sullenberger became a hero after safely ditching a jet carrying 155 people in the waters off Manhattan in January 2009.

 (© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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