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A difficult job done perfectly - can we all do that?
Posted by Ari [Email] (more from Ari) on Sat, 17 Jan 2009 07:15:46
In Reply to: Heroism beyond normal comprehension ????, dmz789abc, Fri, 16 Jan 2009 23:26:17
Yes, he was saving himself. But if he was so concerned about saving himself, why did he walk the aisle TWICE to make sure everyone was out. He was the last to leave the airplane.
As to opening the doors - that is standard procedure in a ditching. Rule one of an airplane crash is to leave as soon as possible. Believe it or not, airplanes aren't air tight, and a damaged airplane even less so. Leave the doors closed and wait, and the aircraft could sink. That would guarantee everybody being dead, no matter what that silly Airport movie did.
For about 15 years, I worked in experimental flight test, and spent a lot of time with a lot of pilots. I also got a lot of training on how to survive a crash. Yes, the guy was 'just doing his job'. But as we all know, not everyone is as good at his/her job as others. This crew performed a very, very difficult maneuver that no one every practices for real flawlessly. They then evacuated all the passengers safely under about as bad a set of conditions as you can imagine.
Yeah, that stewardess/steward that is passing out the peanuts and serving drinks is trained to save your life, and their job is to get you out of the plane, safely and first. Is part of your job to be the last off a sinking airplane? Does your job require you to think and execute flawlessly while 40 degree water is rushing around your legs?
Yes, they're trained for it. But training doesn't remove all fear from everyone. This crew was amazing.
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