Mookie4ever wrote: Nfl Fan wrote:
stomperrob wrote:They're also saying the pilot is a licensed glider plane instructor - bet that came in handy today!
It might have, but I can tell you that even in my 50 hours flying a plane, pilots are trained from the beginning to do emergency landings with no power.
He's a true hero.
Not to be a dick or anything but why is he a hero?
It's his job, you say yourself that he is trained specifically for this and he had to land the plane to save his own life. I bet that there was so much adrenaline that he did it all on instinct. You can say that he is good at his job but a hero? That word is used way too much, just a pet peeve of mine.
I hear ya...
I think it's been reported that this is the first time in something like 50 years that an emergency landing in the water did not result in any fatalities. If he even clipped a wing in the water it would have resulted in a cartwheel; or the nose would have caused it to tumble. Many things could cause it to break apart. True, pilots are trained well, but they don't actually practice landing a plane in the water. They learn theory and practice descents without power, but then power up before landing.
Hero? Highly skilled? A littly bit of luck? Mebbe all three. Regardless, he saved 150 people with his actions, so I don't think 'hero' is too out of line.