Okay, there wasn't a thread about this yet, so here it is.
I'm compelled to comment on this because of what I do for a living. You see, I work at an airport. I head up a crew of Airfield Maintenance Specialists who are responsible for all ground-based activities at my airport. Some of my guys (myself included) are also contracted out to cover ARFF fire & rescue service for Northwest Airlines. We also cover any other fire or medical emergencies on the field.
I was floored when I heard this story yesterday for one BIG reason. The pilot landed the plane on water
For those of you who aren't overly familiar with aviation, I'll simplfy it: Water is actually harder
than land. A plane skidding into the ground has a reasonable chance of stopping safely. A plane skidding into water gets torn apart into tiny bits approximately 100% of the time. Any survivors of the impact usually drown. That percentage increases as the size of the aircraft increases. A 2-seater Cessna 150 might only crumple up and sink, while a Boeing 737 will turn into confetti.
So this Airbus 320 glides into the Hudson River and the passengers get out and wait for rescue on the wings?
This simply does not happen
. Ever. If you're wondering why so much praise is being dumped on the pilot, it's only because this was literally a one-in-a-million landing. Any other time, one of the wings would have sheared off and about a third of the passengers would have drowned.
Okay... Sorry to rant on about this. It was all we could talk about at work.