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Jeff at Mormanity happens to be visiting New Jersey, only miles from where a heroic pilot brought a crippled airliner safely down into the Hudson River. He posted comments about the event:

Avoiding bridges, buildings, cables, and boats, [the pilot] managed a safe landing under difficult circumstances. It was a hard landing, but a remarkably safe one. … There were some close calls, but all were rescued. Everybody.

With daily reports of fiscal meltdown and economic crisis, it’s nice to have a “good news” story to read about. God bless a talented and courageous pilot and crew, as well as the citizens in boats who immediately flocked to the site and quickly ferried passengers and crew, every one of them, off the sinking plane and out of the freezing water.

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posted January 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm

My heart leaped when I heard this story. We do not live in a random or adversarial universe. We live in a world created by divine love, and when we allow love to cast out fear, we open the path for miracles to happen. Courage, hope, peace, and joy are ours to accept from a loving Heavenly Father. Why do we limit our happiness and our usefulness by fearing?

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posted January 17, 2009 at 12:02 am

I spent three years working for GE Aircraft engines. If he lost both engines simultaneously to a bird-strike during take-off then this probably qualifies as a genuine miracle. I’ve seen what happens to a CFM56-5 engine (the one’s on the plane) when they suck in a Canadian goose or two and it’s absolutely devastating. Based on the reports I’ve read the entire crew reacted immediately and flawlessly– and that just doesn’t happen every day. I hope every passenger on that plane expresses their utmost gratitude to that pilot for the hours of practice and training he logged so that he would be prepared for this very situation.

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posted January 18, 2009 at 7:25 am

That heroism and safe landing was brought to us by union members, according to this blog:

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