1/21/2009

Jeff Skiles, the first officer on US Airways Flight 1549, is thanking fellow members of the U.S. Airline Pilots Association for their support after last week's water landing. "On Thursday, many of [my] fellow union members dropped everything, postponed their lives and rushed to New York to aid Sully, Donna, Sheila, Doreen and me in our time of greatest need," Skiles wrote in a letter, referring to the plane's pilot and three flight attendants. Skiles was at the controls when the plane reportedly hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. After turning the plane over to Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Skiles attempted to restart the engines and prepared for an emergency landing.

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