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Pilot's 'masterful' crash landing

The pilot of an airliner that ditched in New York's Hudson River has been hailed a hero after all 155 passengers and crew were rescued.

The US Airways Airbus A320 was heading from LaGuardia airport to Charlotte, North Carolina at 1526 local time (2026 GMT) when it hit a flock of birds minutes after take-off.

Passengers were rescued from the wings or helped from the icy water by divers.

Captain Chesley Sullenberger was praised by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his "masterful" landing.

Matthew Price reports from New York.


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