Yesterday 15th January , marks the 11th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson.
11 years ago yesterday, on 15th January, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 took off from New York City for Seattle. Just after minutes of its departure, the plane was struck by a flock of Canada geese and unfortunately, all the engines failed. On this day the pilot landed the plane on the river.
It was a great moment of stress and chaos for passengers, pilot and the captain. The pressure started building up in the plane. The captain, Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, was instructed for an emergency landing on the nearest airport. But, the experience of the captain was telling him otherwise. He knew for better, that he can not land with two failed engines. And if he did, it would be pretty difficult to save the lives of the people on board.
So, on this day he took a bold decision, regardless of all the mayhem. He planned to crash land on the Hudson River. This decision turned the chaos into even bigger one. Because, everyone knew that how risky and dreadful the crash river landings are. The survival rate was quite low of the previous water landings. So, the tension rising was abnormal.
But, the whole situation turned into a miracle when the Captain Sullenberger landed the plane so skillfully with no passengers dead. He saved all the 155 passengers on board with his expert landing. 95 people had minor injuries, while only 5 people were seriously bruised. It is one of a kind landing the world witnessed. On this day the world saw the first successful plane on the river landing.
This whole event is now referred as “Miracle on the Hudson”. The captain is taken as a hero who saved all the lives while taking a deadly risk. If it was not for his tactful mind, the world would have lost many people. Moreover, there are movies made on this event glorifying the bold decision and experiences landing by the captain.
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Lessons to Learn
On this 11th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson, we need to learn many crucial lessons from this event because they might come in handy . We all know how the Pakistani airplanes are and how worst their conditions are. Many of the pilots are more than the required age, and of course their health is not up to the mark.
It is very unfortunate to say, but we have no pilot which can take such drastic step all on his own. We are lacking tactful and strategic minds.
And we need to work on that before it’s too late. We need to understand the importance of retirement of both the pilot and plane at a suitable age. Because if we do not do so, we might loose many lives, God forbid, if we face any such emergency situation.