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June 9, 2009 - Steve Murch
Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who splash-landed in the Hudson River in January, was back in the news Tuesday. Sully testified during a hearing by the National Transportation Safety Board concerning safety issues that arose from the accident.
There are times when the American public tires of people's 15 minutes of fame. We should never tire of Sully. The pilot saved the lives of 155 people that day and he approaches the hoopla surrounding the events as if it was just another day on the job. His humility and straight-forward approach are refreshing in this day of “look at me and give me something.”
Remember after the incident how he worried about the book he had from the library?
More importantly, how about when he said there weren't enough trained pilots to handle possible disasters. It wasn't more than a few months and a plane crashed on its way to Buffalo. The cause of the accident? Inexperienced pilots, according the investigation.
I'd rather have Sullenberger making news any day. Here's a tip for the (Un)Real Housewives of wherever, the wanna-bes from the Hills of Laguna Beach's Real World, and all the glory seekers trying to get their 15 minutes of fame (14 minutes and 59 seconds more than you deserve): Don't forget the CL in class.
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