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US Airways "Hudson miracle" pilots fly for first time since January

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles plan to finish this afternoon what they set out to do in January -- pilot US Airways Flight 1427 from New York to Charlotte.

Sullenberger was the pilot and Skiles the co-pilot on the Airbus A320 they landed in the Hudson River on Jan. 15 after colliding with a flock of birds while taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. They were bound for Charlotte, and the skillful crash landing by Sullenberger and Skiles enabled all 155 people on board to survive.

This afternoon, Sullenberger and Skiles will be back in the cockpit for Flight 1427, scheduled to depart LaGuardia at 1:14 p.m. and land at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport at 2:42 p.m.

This will be Sullenberger's first flight as a US Airways pilot since the Jan. 15 flight, which has been dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson."

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