First, I am so sorry about the accident. Typical human-centric news reporting, so your tragic casualties will be under-reported. Still, I am sorry for your loss.
But is this guy a rock star or what?
Airbus A320 heading towards the Hudson River with 155 people on board and both engines failing. I’m thinking anyone else in the cockpit, and their goose was cooked. (Oh gosh, I’m sorry! Just an expression. I really am sorry for your losses.)
But Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger III? He just did what he’s spent his whole life training to do. His wife said he liked to tell people “It’s rare for an airline pilot to have an incident in their career.” Apparently you guys don’t flock things up too often. (Oh sheesh, I did it again! Sorry!)
But when he did come face-t0-face with an “incident,” Sully didn’t flinch. Told his passengers to brace themselves. Landed the plane, then walked it twice to make sure everyone got out. Because of that, 155 people have a story to tell for a lifetime. He’s being called a hero, and deservedly so. But from the looks of his resume, he’s been a hero in training for about 40 years. That’s something I’ll be talking about with my children today — how it’s a lifetime of little choices that prepare us for our big moments.
Of course, this hero talk will probably ruffle your feathers (Aack! Really sorry this time!), but next time, maybe you could avoid the airport area when you’re off on a Thursday fly-around.
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