posted on Jan, 18 2009 @ 11:52 AM
I'll put this here because the other thread getting huge.
There is no doubting that the pilot saved many lives and pulled off a feat that the average man would struggle to do.
However, planes are equiped with life jackets therefore it is expected that a plane will most probably go down over water. So surely all pilots should
be able to cope with a water landing? I'm pretty worried thinking that it was a 'miracle' that the pilot was able to land.
Troubled by this I asked my stepfather his views. For over 25 years he flew Tristars (lockheed L1011?) in all manner of conditions. He's been struck
by lightening and flown overweighted without full engines. His opinion was that 8 out of 10 pilots would be able to land the plane on water.Admittedly
he said luck is a factor, you need a bit of luck but MOST pilots should be able to do it. The same situation is gone over on simulators in training
many times. BTW he was UK RAF.
I appreciate the tremendous good deed the pilot has done but why is he a hero who performed a mircale? My answer would be that the media often look
for hardworking, straight up individuals to show as role models... people love this and it sells papers. The hardworking image is also a good one for
us to follow if we want to get locked into the capitolist society.
OK I've gone too deep.