Flight 1549 Co-Captain: 'I'm Just an Airline Pilot'

Copilot reports Obama is a 'very, very nice guy'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2009 1:51 PM CST

He helped saved 155 people with the successful water landing of US Airways Flight 1549, but co-pilot Jeff Skiles says he was only doing his job. "I'm just an airline pilot, and that's what we do,” Skiles told the New York Post. "We weren't doing anything any other pilot wouldn't have done."

Skiles, pilot Chesley Sullenberger, and two flight attendants traveled to Washington for the inauguration and met with the new president and first lady during the Neighborhood Ball. "He was a very, very nice guy," Skiles said, adding that President Obama told the crew, "Good job!" (More Flight 1549 stories.)

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