Co-pilot will tell of Hudson River landing

From Staff reportsJune 11, 2009 

Jeff Skiles, one of the pilots who safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January, will make a public appearance in Raleigh later this month.

Skiles, the co-pilot on the flight, will speak at the American Red Cross annual meeting, telling how all 155 people aboard the aircraft managed to escape with their lives. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Brownstone. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner with Skiles.

Skiles and the pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger III, were catapulted to fame after they successfully maneuvered the plane into the icy waters of the Hudson. Both of the Airbus' engines failed when it flew into a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte. Rescue boats and ferries managed to get all the passengers and crew safely to shore.

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