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Amazing; has anyone seen this yet on the news? Incredible story of good fortune...:)
It's called 2,000+ years of brain-washing. As an aside, I do believe in "God," but that God has absolutely nothing to do with religion (nor does it watch over people on aircraft).Andrew Jamison, a passenger on the plane that landed in the river said, "God was certainly looking out for all of us." What does that mean? If GOD landed the plane safely, why praise the pilot? If GOD landed the plane, didn't he also fly the birds into the engines? I'm confused.
While what you say is true in many applications, performing what he did is nothing short of brilliant. No miracles, no divine intervention; just a controlled descent into water that is considered to be one of the most demanding contingencies (i.e., really freaking rare big old fucking problem) ever conveyed upon a pilot.I don't mean to be a dick (it just comes naturally), but the pilot shouldn't get an award for doing his job. He's supposed to land safely when there's an emergency.
His job to keep them safe in all reasonably foreseeable situations. That's what flight training is designed to do. 99% of pilots probably don't even go through these unlikely scenarios. All I'm saying (and you're not an idiot), is that this was not reasonably foreseeable as the FAA sees it.Well, it was his job to keep those 150 people safe, that's all I'm saying.
You built your cross; why wouldn't you put yourself upon it?Okay, now I've probably gone too far. Someone stop me before I alienate the last two people who don't already hate me...
Suppose it comes under the heading of "right stuff", all that air jockey machismo. The guy had the years in, the experience with gliders and other types of aircraft. He had one shot to get it right and he did. Luck comes into it as well as knowledge from doing the job and caring about it. He also probably wanted to save his own ass. Most of us do.Fair enough. But what would a pilot with regular balls have done?