Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Miracle on the Hudson

Ten years ago, today a near catastrophe was averted when Captain Sully Sullenberger safely landed a US Airways jet with 155 people on board in the Hudson River.  When a flock of birds flew into his engine, he realized that he would not make it to any of the nearby airports.  Rather than just crash he looked for a possible landing site.  His choices were limited so he chose to land the plane in the River in the hopes of saving everyone on board and not causing further injury on land.  When he approached the river, he realized that the landing was going to be a tough one and could mean the plane exploding but neither happened.  The landing was not as bad as he thought it would be and the plane remained in tact long enough to save everyone on board.  Let us take some time today to reflect on this event and all the good that came that day.  May we always remember this quote by him, "The facts tell us what to do and how to do it, but it is our humanity which tells us that we must do something and why we must do it." — Sully Sullenberger 

Pat Schifini, OSU

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