17 January 2009

Cool heads on the Hudson

US Airways flight 1549 crash landed in the Hudson River without loss of life, for which we should all be very thankful.

I've been in that very location, most recently last November when I, as many other visitors have done, took a Circle Line cruise around Manhattan Island from the 42nd Street Pier.

Despite what many media reports claim I don't think that the result was a miracle, but rather a demonstration of human behaviour at its best. The main examplar of this was the pilot Captain Chesley b Sullenberger III but by all accounts he seems to have been supported by his cabin crew and all those, not just the trained emergency services workers, who came to the aid of those aboard the aircraft.

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