Friday, January 16, 2009

a miracle on the hudson, that's for sure.

I'm sure all of you have heard about yesterday's incident involving the emergency landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River. If the story remains consistent after the investigation, this whole situation really was amazing from start to finish.I can scarcely believe that everyone walked off that plane with the most serious injury being hypothermia and one person with a broken leg. Everyone involved did such a great job, including the folks on the plane, handling the situation so well. Apparently it took about 2 minutes for the paramedics and cops to respond and five minutes for the divers to reach the water. Yeah, it's true --- our first responders rock.Another group that deserves high praise = the ferry and water taxi operators. As soon as that plane hit the water, they immediately jumped in to help the passengers and crew.The fact that the pilot managed to make a perfect landing in the Hudson River was nothing short of a miracle. For those of you who have visited me, that's the river right by my apartment. It's not very wide --- you can clearly see Jersey City across the way.
You could see much of the action from Nick's office. In the above picture, Citi is the tall + wide building to the far left. Let's just say that he got really nervous when he heard there was something going on with a plane flying out of LaGuardia . . . . planes doing anything out of the ordinary anywhere near lower Manhattan brings back terrible memories for folks who lived through 2001 here.
The highest praise must be bestowed upon the pilot, Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III, for handling a difficult situation with such skill and confidence. It could have been so much worse for folks on that plane (and on the ground). Thank God it all ended up okay.

Meanwhile, it's back to normal for everyone! Aside from a few comments first thing this morning, it's business as usual.

Reason #1 I love NY: It's full of resilient & unflappable folks.

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