Friday, January 16, 2009

Great Joy Today

Pilot hailed for "Hudson Miracle"

"The pilot of an airliner that ditched in New York's Hudson River has been hailed a hero after all 155 passengers and crew were rescued."

All 155 Escape Jet's Plunge Into the Hudson

"A US Airways jetliner with 155 people aboard lost power in both engines, possibly from striking birds, after taking off from La Guardia Airport on Thursday afternoon. The pilot ditched in the icy Hudson River and all on board were rescued by a flotilla of converging ferries and emergency boats, the authorities said.

What might have been a catastrophe in New York — one that evoked the feel if not the scale of the Sept. 11 attack — was averted by a pilot’s quick thinking and deft maneuvers, and by the nearness of rescue boats, a combination that witnesses and officials called miraculous."

I am so joyful at how this story turned out. I am so joyful and grateful that everyone survived and there was no structural damage to the city. I'm also glad I wasn't in the city yesterday to experience that traffic nightmare!!


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