Obama called Capt. Chesley Sullenberger on Friday to tell him how proud everyone is for a heroic and graceful job in landing the damaged aircraft.
Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, says the president-elect spoke with Sullenberger for about five minutes. Obama also thanked the plane's crew and those on the scene in New York who helped ensure the safety of all 155 people aboard.
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President George W. Bush also has called Sullenberger with congratulations.
The plane crashed Thursday after colliding with a flock of birds.