Thursday, January 15, 2009

I Like Pilots, Flight Attendants and Rescue Workers

I won't do a link, the story is everywhere.

There's a certain kind of person that just does what they are supposed to do, and beyond it.

We've seen pictures over the years of planes with their roof ripped off, landing without wheels, without a major portion of their wings. We've heard black box recordings from planes that didn't make it. Invariably, the pilots, whether they lived or died, were focused on what they were doing, calm, doing their best; the crew shepherding passengers.

Then there are the firemen, police, Coast Guard and so on that plan and practice and execute.

Together, more often than not, they save lives as they did today.

I like them.


chamblee54 said...

No doubt, many people performed brilliantly today.
There is an element of luck here. If this had happened at Hartsfield Jackson, they would have had a warehouse to land on instead of the Hudson River.

Dave said...

You're right; but, maybe 285 - only a two in the morning - otherwise worse than a warehouse.

Jeni said...

That was a miracle wasn't it? Absolutely awesome that no one was injured. My daughter and I sat here, spellbound, watching the rescue efforts unfold. Definitely brought tears of relief to watch the passengers walk past the cameras.

The Curmudgeon said...

Tom Wolfe nailed it in "The Right Stuff."

This guy had the right stuff.

We lesser mortals cheer; guys like him don't really get what all the fuss is about.

Lifehiker said...

The real heroes were the non-official people like the ferry captain who saw the plane down and rushed his ferry over to take passengers off the wing and out of the water.

Official people like me (EMS medic) are usually not on the scene when bad things happen. We come in a few minutes or many minutes later - when minutes really do count. But the civilians around the incident can make a huge difference, and those that do are heroes to me.

I've had patients who died because bystanders did not do CPR. I had a patient the other night who was severely injured but pushed a young girl out of the path of the car that hit her - she was a hero to me.

Be a hero... get involved when you see someone in trouble. Just be careful. Check the whole scene to make sure you don't become a casualty yourself. That's bad form.