It seems to be a rare incident where all the people in an airplane crash live to tell about it (1/17, Opinion, “Pilots’ professionalism averts a catastrophe”).
The pilot and co-pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger II and Jeff Skiles, acted extremely well under the circumstances, keeping their heads (and everyone else’s) during the crisis. The passengers, too, should be commended for staying calm and listening to safety instructions.
Few as these best-case scenarios are, they should be remembered as an example that not all emergencies end in disaster. What a story for the survivors to tell their children and grandchildren.
A group of financial hotshots, many not long out of business school with their freshly minted MBAs, bring the financial system to its knees.
A silver-haired, 57-year-old pilot drawing on decades of real-life experience brings a crippled jetliner to a safe touchdown in the middle of the Hudson River.
Someone once said “Old age and cunning beat youth and enthusiasm any day of the week.”
The word “sully” is currently a verb defined as “to soil, stain, or tarnish”; “to mar the purity or luster of” and “to defile and detract.”
Perhaps a new definition is in order. Sully: to save by an act of heroism.
When I saw the cover photo of Friday’s Star, all I could think about was “on a wing and a prayer”