Sunday, January 15, 2012

On This Day...

...January 15, 2009, Chelsey Sullenberger was pilot in command of an Airbus A320 from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The flight was designated as US Airways Flight 1549 as well as United Airlines Flight 1919. Shortly after taking off, Sullenberger reported to air traffic control that the plane had hit a large flock of birds, disabling both engines. Several passengers saw the left engine on fire. Sullenberger discussed with air traffic control the possibilities of either returning to LaGuardia airport or attempting to land at the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. However, Sullenberger quickly decided that neither was feasible, and determined that ditching in the Hudson River was the only option for everyone's survival. Sullenberger told the passengers to "brace for impact", then piloted the plane to a smooth ditching in the river at about 3:31 P.M. All passengers and crew members survived.

Race Bannon does not like to fly, but has been in many cockpits...this would be a welcomed sight.

"One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience: education and training. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal."

In 1969 he entered the United States Air Force Academy.  In 1973 he graduated and received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship award, as the class "top flier."

In 2009, he published Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters , which "reveals the important lessons Sully learned through childhood, in his military service, and in his work as a commercial airline pilot. At heart, it is a story of hope and preparedness-that life′s challenges can be met if we′re ready for them-reminding us that, even in these days filled with war, tragedy, and economic uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for.

A few weeks after the crash, Sully discovered that he′d lost a library book about professional ethics, Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability, in the downed plane′s cargo hold. When he called the library to notify them, they waived the usual fees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg replaced the book when he gave Sully the Key to the City..."


Mrs. K said...

God was with Sully and all the others on the plan that day. This blog made me smile. Thanks for the smile. Mom

LL said...

The only thing about this that gives me pause is that I thought the only true heroes in America were that special band of community organizers who advanced the so-called 'black agenda in America'.


Ok, Sunday funnies are over.

Sully deserves every bit of praise that he received because despite long odds, he made a decision and did the right thing for the right reason. Most of my personal heroes fit in that 'right thing for the right reason category'.

However, very very few of them are politicians.

Patti said...

"he's a hero that don't even think he's a hero, what a HERO!"
Can't believe someone hasn't mentioned that.