February 26, 2009
Chesley Sullenberger and his crew have been duly credited for their successful ditching in the Hudson River. But a British pilot writes in a recent issue of Flight International:
“The crew that carried out the Hudson ditching are testimony to the fact that training pays.” Well, I’ve only been doing the job for 40 years or so, in the Royal Air Force and as a civilian, and must have missed the “training to land with all engines failed in a river” simulation and lectures. It was sheer, brilliant improvisation by the pilots, and a huge amount of good luck. As they say, “You can’t teach that!”
–Andy Adams, Pevensey, Sussex, UK
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