Friday, January 16, 2009

Big Damn Hero, Sir


How long before PETA publicly condemns him for running into the geese -- or rather, the "sky kittens?"

NY Daily News: Honoring the Pilot Who Saved Flight 1549/1.16.09

23 comments:

Geetch said...

Bahaha. That was exactly my first thought upon hearing the reason for the sudden landing.

Anonymous said...

And don't forget all the "sea kittens" that may have been injured or killed when the plane went down.

Heather Hansma said...

Silly Chez.
Geese are sky puppies, not kittens.

Anonymous said...

well actually didn't the geese run into the plane? maybe it was deliberate! did any of that flock survive? if so they should be rounded up and put on trial.

after all, if animals have rights they also bear responsibilities.

Steve said...

Now here's a hero pilot who can actually fly.

Suzy said...

Can I start calling YOU Chezly?

kanye said...

Sea-kittens...heh. That didn't occur to me.

I kept waiting to see Andrew Zimmerman wading the shoreline in a pair of hip boots, holding a box of Ritz crackers and extolling the virtues of jet-washed, dioxin-marinated pâté, "...sauteed to perfection at in a thin film of gänsefett..."

Suzy said...

Chez Puzzley Pazienza I.

kanye said...

And another thing: How sickening was it to hear all of the "air disaster experts" on every single news channel describe, in quite vivid detail the carnage that could have but didn't actually happen?

You could almost hear the disappointment in their voices that this didn't end in a giant heap of twisted, flaming aluminum and floating body parts.

Whatever channel it was that I had on, this guy just kept going on and on and on...all the while the perky bobblehead behind the desk making grave faces, furrowing her airbrushed brow. It was nearly surreal. It was like death porn for cutie.

kanye said...

"Why'd Mr. Honky fly into the airplane engine?"

"I don't know, why did Mr. Honky fly into the airplane engine?"

"He saw his wife do it first, and he figured, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander!"

Sorry, I'm done. Snow day here...the kids are driving me nuts.

Suzy said...

I thought Kanye was making another reference to Bush.

Fred said...

Pure and simple, this guy is nothing less than a hero. A real one. Give him a parade, put him on the talk show circuit (If he is willing) but make damned sure that people know that Chesley Sullenberger is a real hero.

Its time for Palin and any other irrelevant waste of time and air to just fade away and make room for people like this pilot who really matter.

Joe said...

A marvelous story, but I'm annoyed at the immediate declaration of this being a miracle. As much as I love hearing about and reporting on good news, miracles should be reserved for grown men resurrecting from the dead.

Chez said...

I actually agree with that. You can't hail the pilot as a hero and praise his skills while simultaneously proclaiming that the crash was a "miracle."

Fred said...

Agreed about the miracle crap. I'd venture a guess that its just semantic bullshit to gain viewers.

Trixi said...

Thank God nobody was killed.

But don't thank God for that plane crash!

Aaron X said...

Some folks say that naval aviators are the best, others the Marine Corps, and still others say the Coast Guard. But for my money, when the chips are down and my ass is on the line, I'll take an Air Force pilot every time. And thanks to the copilot as well, who I have not seen mentioned, nor any of the flight attendants. The entire crew is to be commended.

I heard that Sully was once an F-4 pilot, only the best of the best got to be Phantom jockeys back in the day. The passengers on that plane were damn lucky to have such an experienced and accomplished pilot in the cockpit. Shows you what a great pilot is truly capable of, turning a nightmare into something you walk away from.

Also, hats off to all the people at Airbus, an aircraft manufacturer that has been ahead of the curve for some time now. I believe they were the first to Institute flyby wire in passenger aircraft, and have been on the cutting edge with their usage of lightweight composite materials in their airframes, with designs that have on occasion exceed the established parameters for passenger aircraft capabilities, as it seems this A320 did in this case. To all the people who helped construct this particular model let me just say, Nice plane ladies and gentlemen, good job.

Deacon Blue said...

Yeah, falling straight out of the sky from several thousand feet up and smashing into the ground nose-first, with no one getting hurt is miracle.

Not so much here. God may have had some hand in this, but it was primarily quick thinking and skill that put that plane safely in the river.

Anonymous said...

Surely, it's only a miracle if there was no pilot.

And don't call me Shirley!

Deacon Blue said...

Since it was a water landing, should we be praising Godtopus for this "miracle" perhaps?

(I know, I know...only regular readers of Pajiba will be able to properly appreciate this comment...or groan over it)

Chez said...

That's trademarked by Pajiba. Not my intellectual property.

Deacon Blue said...

Well, hopefully by my mentioning their lovely blog site, they won't send an army of Pajiba-ttorneys to sue my ass for mentioning yon deity here...
;-)

See You Next Tuesday said...

The pilot did an awesome job. So did all those piloting the boats who came so quickly. I watched the video of the crash, it only took three minutes for a ferry to haul ass and get over there to help.

Additionally, as I read the survivor's stories, I was reminded once again that New Yorkers truly rock. I read about hotel bellman who gave a man his own shoes. So many strangers literally gave these cold, wet passengers the shirts off their own backs.

Some out here on the West Coast think of New Yorkers as gruff and self absorbed. Once again that assessment is shown to be bullshit. (99% of my in laws are from NY, and they ROCK) If something horrible happens to me, I should be so lucky that it happens on a visit to NY.