When I came out of court today, I heard about this airplane crash in the Hudson River. Living in New York, I'm not a stranger to airplanes crashing. Of course, I couldn't help to think back to 9/11. My spirits rose to hear that everyone survived and bravo to the pilot and crew of that airplane, they did a great job! Also, bravo to the passengers who didn't panic and trample each other.

Although, it's a shame a perfectly good airplane is lost, it's not a shame that we have skilled airplane pilots and crew working for airlines.

Chesley Sullenberger, you're a hero in my book. You probably won't say that you are, but I'll say it for you. Sir, you're a hero. Bless you!

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Comment by Ann Morales on January 16, 2009 at 22:08
This story really made my day. What a wonderful thing to be able to see what would have otherwise been a tragic event with a happy ending. What a blessing! Those people must be so grateful that they all escaped alive. It doesn't get any better than that!!
Comment by Sharon Squire on January 16, 2009 at 20:09
This news story was definitely the material from which great screenplays spring. Hats off to Captain Sullenberger and to all the members of the crew and rescue team!!
Comment by Nina Colavolpe-Leone on January 16, 2009 at 11:47
I happened to be watching TV when the news first broke. I saw the plane in the river and was sure those poor passengers and crew members were going to drown in the cold water. As the story kept getting more detailed, I was more and more amazed and hopeful, until finally they announced that every person survived!
I think Captain Sullenberger should be offered a prominent position in the Department of Homeland Security. Obviously, he knows how to deal with a disaster. And the airplane crew members, as well as the ferry boat crew members and all the professional rescuers, should be given a ticker tape parade! Of course, what they did was their job, but there is a difference between just doing your job and doing it above and beyond the call of duty, which clearly was the case here. And, yes, the passengers also deserve commendation for not panicking and helping each other through this. Once in a while, things just go right!
Comment by Anthony D. Frisolone on January 16, 2009 at 3:15
Yeah, Patricia, it's a common occurrence with birds getting sucked into the engine and damage it.
Comment by Patricia Babits on January 15, 2009 at 22:56
I just saw on the news the pilot lives in Danville, CA. Of course the press is bugging his family already. Great job!
I had no idea birds could make a plane crash.
Comment by Tricia McLaughlin on January 15, 2009 at 22:30
I totally agree with all the comments. US Air is my airline of choice, despite all the bad raps they get, and to think how quickly this pilot reacted instinctively is unbelievable. He is a hero!
Comment by Kyung on January 15, 2009 at 19:53
My husband was telling me the story over dinner. Amazing. Sounds like the pilot did a fabulous job. And I'm always happy to hear that everyone survived.

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