Hudson 'Miracle' pilots reunite to fly


Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 3:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 3:11 p.m.

NEW YORK The "Miracle on the Hudson" pilots are back together.

Chesley Sullenberger
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Chesley Sullenberger

Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger smiles during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. Sullenberger and co-pilot 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles flew Thursday from Charlotte, N.C., to New York _ their first flight together since they were forced to ditch a disabled plane in the Hudson River, saving all 155 people on board. The man at right is unidentified.

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Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles piloted flights Thursday from Charlotte, N.C., to New York and back.

It was their first time together in the cockpit since they had to ditch their disabled plane in the Hudson River, saving the more than 150 people on board.

At a news conference at LaGuardia Airport, Sullenberger said the Miracle on the Hudson "happened at a time when people needed to know that good could still be done in the world."

Charlotte-to-New York passenger Wyatt Smith says everyone cheered and clapped when boarding Thursday morning.

He says he felt "honored and safe" that Sully was the pilot on the US Airways flight.

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