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Sully to fly again today

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September 30, 2009 9:31:57 PM PDT
US Airways hero pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger is set to ride the friendly skies again. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and 1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles will pilot a flight from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, N.C. - the destination of the plane they ditched in the Hudson on Jan. 15, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

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Today's flight will be Sullenberger's first as a US Airways captain since the so-called Miracle on the Hudson. US Airways announced Monday that Sullenberger would be making regular flights and supervising other pilots as part of the airline's safety management team.

Skiles has been back flying with US Airways since April.

Sullenberger landed his Airbus A320 in the Hudson after a collision with a flock of geese killed power in both engines minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia.

He wrote about the landing in "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," with co-author Jeffrey Zaslow. The book is due out next month.

Sullenberger and Skiles won praise for their textbook response to the loss of power. Their plane was at just 2,800 feet, giving them three-and-a-half minutes to try to restart the engines or find an airport for a landing.

Sullenberger told the National Transportation Safety Board in June that he glided into the Hudson near Manhattan's ferry terminals to increase the chances of a rescue.

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