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Wisconsin pilot helps pull off 'Miracle on the Hudson'

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A pilot from Wisconsin helped pull off Thursday's crash landing of a U.S. Airways plane in the Hudson River in New York.

Jeff Skiles of Oregon in Dane County co-piloted the Airbus that had just taken off for Charlotte when it struck a flock of birds.

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That's apparently what disabled the two engines, forcing Skiles and pilot Sully Sullenberger to take the aircraft down.

Skiles, 49, is a 23-year veteran of U.S. Airways, and is now based in Charlotte.

His wife Barbara, who still lives in Oregon, said her husband was relieved that all 155 people on board escaped safely before the aircraft could sink into the river.

Skiles told his wife he was not hurt but he would be checked out at a hospital anyway.

Before joining U.S. Air, Skiles flew cargo planes, and he was a pilot for the former Midstate Airlines of Marshfield.

His father said Jeff Skiles had been flying since he was 15.

Officials were quick to point out that the incident was not an act of terrorism. New York's governor called it the "Miracle on the Hudson."

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