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More Accolades for Captain and Crew of Flight 1549

Monday, February 09, 2009

Flight Attendant Donna Dent  speaks at a press conference with Flight Attendant Sheila Dail, Flight Attendant Doreen Welsh, First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, Mayor Bloomberg and Pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger  of US Airways Flight 1549, after being presented with keys to the city. (Getty)

Flight Attendant Donna Dent speaks at a press conference with Flight Attendant Sheila Dail, Flight Attendant Doreen Welsh, First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, Mayor Bloomberg and Pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger of US Airways Flight 1549, after being presented with keys to the city. (Getty)

This time the three flight attendants, pilot and co-pilot were given a key to the city. The second they stepped into the packed room the flashes and clicks started and never stopped. Photographers and camera men yelled at each other and even the mayor requested that the 'stills get down'.

A city hall press aide remarked it's the craziest she's seen it - even crazier than when J-Lo appeared in the same room.

When asked about what they made of all the attention, Co-Pilot Jeffrey Skiles called it odd and said he's pretty sure his 15 minutes of fame is just about over and in two weeks no one would know his name. He also suggested the remarkable landing had brought pride back to a struggling airline industry.

As the crew and their families exited the cramped room, Captain Sullenberger's wife lightly touched a six-foot plus mayoral security guard on the shoulder. He was holding back the flood of photographers and, with a slightly frightened look on her face, she said thank you.

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