I'm completely captivated by the NYC plane crash (landing) story. I first witnessed the coverage yesterday at around 2:30 pm when I turned on the news in the office. Of course, I was at work and was distracted by ringing phones and incoming customers, so all I was really able to see were the seemingly devastating headlines.
"US Airways, Flight 1549 crashes into Hudson River, NYC".
Of course, I immediately assumed that many deaths were soon to be reported. My heart sank as I thought of loved ones and friends who would possibly be lost forever yesterday. I thought of what it would feel like to be in the midst of such unfortunate circumstances and I thought of how many wives, husbands mothers, brothers, sisters, children and friends must have panicked as they knew that their husband, wife, child, sibling or friend was flying that exact path. How the terror would ensue. I never want to know what that feels like.
The minute that they began to show footage of survivors balancing on the wings of the plane, I was absolutely stunned! Not so much by the fact that there were survivors, but moreso by the amount of them! Of course as all of you mostly know, no one lost their life. The only injuries reported were two broken legs and some cuts and bruises.
Friend, I don't care who you are or what you believe but this was nothing short of a divine miracle!
I don't even want to imagine what all of the passengers, flight attendants, crew members and especially the pilot went through during impact and as they patiently awaited rescue from the icy waters. Incredibly, every single passenger and crew member was rescued from the frigid waters thanks to an absolutely extraordinary and perfectly executed emergency landing procedure by the pilots.
Wow. God is pretty much amazing. Not one single person lost their lives. Not one single person suffered a life threatening injury. Not one single person! Does this astound anyone else?
I commend the Pilot for his act of heroism as well as all of the other crew members and rescue workers. What a beautiful and compelling story of cooperation and selflessness.
It has been said that Sullenberger (the Pilot) walked the aisles twice after all passengers were rescued, even with water entering the plane, to make sure everyone was out. God bless him.
God bless all of the survivors and may they know and believe that He is merciful and gracious.
I imagine that life and vitality has taken on a whole new meaning to everyone involved. This life is so fragile and fleeting...
I am thankful today.