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Hero pilot returns to flight

NEW YORK (AP) - The pilot hailed as the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson returns to the cockpit today in New York.

The last time Chesley Sullenberger flew a jetliner, Flight 1549 didn't last long after hitting birds.

Sullenberger guided his suddenly powerless plane safely into the freezing Hudson River.

Today, Sullenberger and first officer Jeff Skiles make their first flight since then on the same US Airways route they were flying January 15th -- LaGuardia to Charlotte.

Skiles has been flying since April. Sullenberger has been writing an autobiography and retraining.

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