Pilot praised for saving lives during crash

The pilot of a plane that crashed in New York has been hailed a hero for performing a textbook...

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The pilot of a plane that crashed in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">New York has been hailed a hero for performing a textbook emergency landing.

Chesley Sullenberger’s quick-thinking helped to save all 155 people on board the US Airways jet.

It was forced to pitch into the freezing Hudson River after its engines failed and an investigation into the crash was expected to get underway later.

Sullenberger’s neighbour Candace Andersen was full of praise for him.

“It was the right pilot at the right time in charge of that plane that saved so many lives."