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Jeff Skiles Interview: Airlines Hiring "Very Substandard" Pilots (VIDEO)

First Posted: 07/10/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:25 PM ET

In an interview with CBS' the "Early Show," Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, the flight which crash landed in the Hudson River in New York City without losing the life a single passenger, said that he was very worried about airline safety.

Skiles focused on the quality of pilots, telling the CBS host that

In the past it's been a very attractive career for people to join, and the airlines, even the regional airlines, have been able to select from a very qualified applicant pool. That's not happening any more, and we're having to hire down to the FAA minimums, which most pilots have always considered to be very substandard.

Watch the interview with Skiles below.

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