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The OTHER HERO & PILOT: Jeff Skiles, US Airways

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NEW YORK – The pilot who guided a crippled US Airways jetliner safely into the Hudson River — saving all 155 people aboard — became an instant hero Thursday, with accolades from the mayor and governor and a fan club online.
The pilot of Flight 1549 was Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, 57, of Danville, Calif., an official familiar with the accident told The Associated Press. Sullenberger is a former fighter pilot who runs a safety consulting firm in addition to flying commercial aircraft.
Sullenberger, who has flown for US Airways since 1980, flew F-4 fighter jets with the Air Force in the 1970s. He then served on a board that investigated aircraft accidents and participated later in several National Transportation Safety Board investigations.
He is president of Safety Reliability Methods, a California firm that uses "the ultra-safe world of commercial aviation" as a base for safety consulting in other fields, according to the firm's Web site.
Sullenberger's mailbox at the firm was full on Thursday. A group of fans sprang up on Facebook within hours of the emergency landing.
"OMG, I am terrified of flying but I would be happy to be a passenger on one of your aircraft!!" Melanie Wills in Bristol wrote on the wall of "Fans of Sully Sullenberger." "You have saved a lot of peoples lives and are a true hero!!"
The pilot "did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that everybody got out," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "He walked the plane twice after everybody else was off, and tried to verify that there was nobody else on board, and he assures us there was not."
"He was the last one up the aisle and he made sure that there was nobody behind him."
Gov. David Paterson pronounced it a "miracle on the Hudson."
Sullenberger's co-pilot was Jeff Skiles, 49, of Oregon, Wis., a 23-year US Airways veteran.
"He was OK," said his wife, Barbara. "He was relieved that everybody got off."
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Associated Press writer Colleen Long and researcher Susan James contributed to this report.
 

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Here's to ya Sully, Jeff and to the 3 Flight Attendants!!!:beer:


Well done!!!
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There are 155 people on that plane that dont think pilots are over paid!!
 

radarlove

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I bet the FO is the one that hit the "ditch" switch, since it was above his head.

I suspect pressing that switch saved a lot of lives.
 

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I'm a retired Usair pilot flying corporate now. I happened to be on a trip and staying in EWR today, and watched as this all unfolded, and I have to say I have never been so proud of my former colleagues and airline as I am today. I knew I flew with the best, and Capt Sullenbergers performance today reminds me of what a great bunch I flew with. Thank you and your crew, and God Bless!
 

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It makes me sick that the media ignores the fact that there was another pilot involed in this amazing miracle, yet everything you read or watch says "the pilot..." bla bla bla, instead "the pilots..." etc!

When the BA crew put their 777 down in LHR last year, the Captain and First Officers were lauded as heros in the media and on TV. Its very doubtful that will ever happen in the US Air case yesterday!

Has Captain Sullenberger made any mention of this, or is the A320 single pilot now?
 

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It makes me sick that the media ignores the fact that there was another pilot involed in this amazing miracle, yet everything you read or watch says "the pilot..." bla bla bla, instead "the pilots..." etc!

When the BA crew put their 777 down in LHR last year, the Captain and First Officers were lauded as heros in the media and on TV. Its very doubtful that will ever happen in the US Air case yesterday!

Has Captain Sullenberger made any mention of this, or is the A320 single pilot now?


I agree, watching the Today Show, and it is just the Pilot and his crew. I guess nobody is aware of a thing called CRM. The crew worked together and got the job done. I am proud of my colleagues.
 

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Kudos to you for giving kudos to the FO. All anyone is hearing about is the captain. The captain did a great job, no questioning that, but seriously the other person with hands on the controls deserves to get some credit too.

:beer:
 

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I don't know about everybody else, but I don't like how some are calling this a "miracle". That Captain, FO, and crew were undeniably the best. There is nothing "miracle" about professional, hard working aviators and flight crew that make great decisions under the gun. The only miracle here is that the media hasn't put a negative spin on the story for ratings. Those pilots...truly inspiring. I hope to someday grace the level of that crew's capability. I can't believe that a crash could bring such great PR, but they deserve every ounce of kudos and more coming their way. Hats off, guys.
 

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Its about time the FO was recognized....the FA's need to be recognized as well.......on a side note.....anyone happen to notice that BOTH pilots have side businesses? Its a shame that two professionals need to have side jobs in this industry.
 

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Didn't they just program the FMS to ditch and re-engage the autopilot and then just sit back and watch the plane do an auto-ditching?
 
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