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South Pole rescue pilots: It was dark, cold and no big deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The rescue flight of two sick Americans from a remote South Pole station sounds daring to the outside world. It was nine hours -- each way -- of flying in skies so dark, it was like being locked in a closet. It was almost cold enough to damage plane parts.

But the two Canadian pilots who crisscrossed Antarctica in June says it's no big deal.

In an Associated Press interview Tuesday, chief pilot Wallace Dobchuk and first officer Sebastien Trudel say they aren't comfortable being called heroes and were just doing their jobs. Dobchuk says his wife probably had a harder job taking care of his daughter.

National Science Foundation officials say the two rescued workers are doing better, both back home getting medical care.

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