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Flight 1549's co-pilot is ready to get back in the air
The co-pilot who helped to safely ditch a Charlotte-bound plane into the Hudson River hopes to fly again in a few weeks.
Jeff Skiles, of Oregon, Wis., was in the cockpit of US Airways Flight 1549 assisting pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger when it landed in the river Jan. 15. All 155 passengers and crew were rescued.
“I'd just like to say we were all very fortunate that things went our way and there were a lot more people involved than just me,” said Skiles, 49. “Flight attendants in back who evacuated the airplane, all the first responders who were there with the boats, the New York Fire Department, all had a role in the successful outcome. We were quite fortunate.”
Skiles visited the state Capitol on Wednesday to receive a commendation for heroism from the state Senate. After receiving his award, Skiles told reporters he can fly commercially again immediately and hopes to get back in the air by the end of February. Associated Press
Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to make a closing statement at his impeachment trial, said the president of the Illinois Senate. Sen. John Cullerton told colleagues Wednesday the governor has asked for the time today. Cullerton said Blagojevich isn't asking to testify. Blagojevich has refused to take part in the trial so far, spending the time on a media blitz instead. He says Senate impeachment trial rules are unfair and that he's done nothing wrong. Associated Press
Police say a man who apparently shot himself after killing his wife and their five children was awash in debt and planning to leave California. Detectives said Wednesday that Ervin Lupoe, 40, was at least a month behind on his mortgage and owed at least $15,000 to the IRS and thousands more on a line of credit. Lupoe and his wife, Ana, recently were fired from their hospital jobs after being investigated for lying about their income to qualify for cheaper child care. The bodies of Lupoe and his family were found Tuesday. Associated Press
Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in recommending President Obama's choice for attorney general. The Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to endorse Eric Holder, with two Republicans opposing the nomination – John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. The Senate could vote as early as today to confirm Holder as the first African American to lead the Justice Department. Associated Press
The Iraqi government has told the U.S. that it will not issue a new operating license to Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. Embassy's primary security company, which has come under scrutiny for allegedly using excessive force, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday. Blackwater employees who have not been accused of improper conduct will be allowed to continue working as private security contractors in Iraq if they switch employers, Iraqi officials said. Washington Post