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Pilot, Crew Rewarded With Key To New York City

When a U.S. Airways jetliner landed in the Hudson River yesterday, a plane full of passengers braced for the worst. But a calm-headed staff and an ace pilot prevented a disaster. Now some are posturing that the pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, could be elected mayor of New York City on the spot.

NPR's Robert Smith also takes us through the theories about what went wrong, why geese might have caused two engines to fail and whether there might have been a safer landing.

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Madeleine Brand
Madeleine Brand is the host of NPR’s newest and fastest-growing daily show, Day to Day. She conducts interviews with newsmakers (Iraqi politicians, US senators), entertainment figures (Bernardo Bertolluci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Gervais), and the everyday people affected by the news (an autoworker laid off at GM, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq).
Robert Smith
Robert Smith is a host for NPR's Planet Money where he tells stories about how the global economy is affecting our lives.
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