Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sully, are you listening?

Incidentally, how come this guy didn't get a $3 million book deal? He didn't even damage the plane... Isn't America desperate to know what he thinks about life and living?

7 comments:

bronxilla said...

I wonder if he was cited for any traffic violations. And, did he pay the toll.

Steve Salerno said...

Bronxilla: Thanks for dropping by. As a matter of fact, that was a subject of some (light-hearted) banter between the news anchors on the night it happened. He was not cited, and was not asked to pay a toll.

Anonymous said...

There's a big difference between putting a single-engined small aircraft with a wonky fuel guage down on a highway and what Sully managed on the Hudson.

Every rookie pilot learns to look on highways as emergency landing strips--how different is that stretch of tarmac from any other runway?
Safely landing a 200 passenger jet on a river, with both engines gone, is an entirely different feat of flying.

Give that pilot a $6mill book deal even if he's illiterate; we'll never see that particular display of skill again.

Steve Salerno said...

Anon: Here's my question: How do we really know that what Sully did or didn't do on that day had any bearing on the outcome? Maybe he did everything wrong. Maybe he could've avoided the flock of birds to begin with, but wasn't paying attention. Maybe a better pilot could've landed the plane at Teterboro. I guess we'll never know.

Anonymous said...

By their fruits shall ye know them.

Anonymous said...

Most people panic and choke under extreme pressure regardless of their training, ability or knowledge. Sully's performance was more a display of character than skill, talent or job competence.

-JH

Steve Salerno said...

Anon 12:50: And that applies here because...?