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Our earlier work revealed a connection between blind image deconvolution and principal components analysis (PCA). In this letter, we explicitly formulate multichannel and single-channel blind image deconvolution as a PCA problem. Although PCA is derived from blur models that do not contain additive noise, it can be justified on both theoretical and experimental grounds that the PCA-based restoration algorithm is actually robust to the presence of white noise. The algorithm is applied to the restoration of atmospheric turbulence-degraded imagery and compared to an adaptive Lucy-Richardson maximum-likelihood algorithm on both real and simulated atmospheric turbulence blurred images. It is shown that the PCA-based blind image deconvolution runs faster and is more robust to noise.