Anyone else feeling inspired by the Miracle on the Hudson?
I don’t know exactly how Capt. Chesley Sullenberger managed to safely land that Airbus on the Hudson River after the plane’s engines blew out shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York. I’ve read that he is a former fighter pilot and a safety expert, the owner of a California-based safety consulting firm. I’ve read the quotes from neighbors and colleagues who said that if anyone could keep a cool head in a crisis, it was him.
I’m still amazed and awed, though. And it takes a lot to amaze and awe me.
But Sullenberger at least had the training and background going for him. What about all the passengers? How many of them had personal experience surviving an airplane crash to draw from? And yet, all the reports indicate that pretty much everyone was very calm, and people selflessly helped others out of the plane and into ferry boats and rafts. Would you remain calm in that situation? Could you?
But the fact that people helped their fellow passengers, including an elderly woman and a mother with an infant , to safety, well….that just reaffirms my belief in basic human decency. These days, it’s nice to get such affirmation. With the economy crashing all around us, with people losing their jobs and their homes, with so much else that’s bad happening, I think we all needed something to make us believe that good things can still happen. Good things can come out of bad situations. I think 155 people in New York City will testify to that.