By now, unless you've been living in a cave for the last several days, you've heard all about the Airbus that had to ditch in the Hudson River. Apparently two geese were sucked into both engines at the same time, turning the big jet into a glider.
People are calling the pilot a hero, and I have no problem with that term. I'm amazed this guy can sit down, having steel ones the size of bowling balls. He did an amazing job, and as a result of his training and guts, everyone on that plane survived, with injuries being relatively minor and few.
So what's the point of this writing? If I hear another person say what a "miracle" this event was, and that "God was with them", I think I'll scream!!! Why is it that the deeds of a well trained, calm, cool, collected individual automatically have to be attributed to a supernatural deity? If "God was with them," what was he doing when the geese committed suicide in each engine? Or did he cause the geese to do that? Or was it Satan? In any case, this begs the question.."Why didn't God stop this from happening?" I mean, if he's responsible for the successful outcome, why not just prevent it from happening in the first place and save all these people the trouble?
Look..let's give credit where credit is due. There was no "miracle." What we saw here was the result of a well trained, competent, professional going about his job. Could everyone trained as this man was trained accomplish this? No, I don't think so. This guy truly had the right stuff. But to attribute his success to a supernatural deity simply belittles this man's abilities.
So I'd just like to say....nice job captain! The credit for the successful outcome of what could have been a major tragedy goes to you and your professional crew. Well done!!!