Brace for impact. How many times have you listened to the pre-flight instructions…watched the videos…read the little card…joked when they put on the mask and laughed when they show how to wear a life vest…or ignored it all—reading, talking or sleeping? Brace for impact…nightmare words that most never hear, thankfully, but a phrase that a plane load of travelers heard just last week mere minutes before their plane hit the cold water of the Hudson River in New York
I found out about the crash as I got off my plane from London late Thursday night—while pilots often relay sports scores and other news—this wasn’t something they would readily share.
I don’t know about you…but I became obsessed with the story. As morbid as we humans can be, and as much as we like to stop and watch tragedy, there is nothing so inspiring and motivating and hope infusing as a great dramatic story of near tragedy. Where the drama is high but the outcome is WHEW….
I provide this one link to the story and the video that actually shows the plane landing like a skipping stone in the water. As someone said: “everything that could have gone wrong…went right.”
But clearly there is more. If you read the story it’s clear that all owe their survival to “Sully” Sullenberger the pilot of the plane.
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have trouble deciding what to eat for lunch. Sully on the other hand had to make split second decisions that were not just about his survival and the lives of his passengers but about damage to others on the ground. This was New York City he was flying over….
He was trained—yes. He wrote protocols on stuff like this—yes. He had been in combat—yes. But come on, this was different: real time, no time…
He acted instinctively. Did all the right things; made all the right decisions.
Was it training? Was it the “Blink” action? Or was it more?
I have read everything I can find on this guy. I say it’s more:
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
~G. M. Trevelyan
Sure he had the tools. But he lived and breathed accountability, for his actions and for the safety, NO—for the lives of his passengers and crew.
I don’t know about you, but I am in awe of this man and what taking real accountability can do.
I have also become one of the over 200k people on his fan site –
In a crazy world, here is something real to hang on to…