I was watching TV (Dr. Phil- it was almost over) so I saw the ditching saga from the beginning when all the channels started following that Capt glide that Airbus onto the surface of the Hudson River yesterday. Tears started pouring from my eyes, as the drama became all too real.
Ditchings are a whole other Emergency Landing that are enough to paralyze most psgrs with shock & fear. The beauty of the entire perfection of all involved (from the landing, to the evacuations, to the rescues) was beyond belief, better than most could ever imagine! I'd say everyone's Guardian Angels were working overtime!
As I pictured myself initiating that evacuation, I kept praying for those Flight Attendants to get everyone out in a fast, effective & safe manner. And clearly they did! Considering how terrifying the potential of immediate drowning is in such a situation, everyone was excellent, psgrs included.
All the rescuers were right there so quickly! And the gifted Capt was so Fabulous, a true artist - believe me there is ALOT to be said for experience - I always feel better when my pilots are oldies but goodies...(dare I mention he is still younger than me.) That goes for Drs, cops, -everyone, give me workers with experience under their belt.
Incidentally, we are all supposed to go down the fuselage after an evacuation to make sure everyone has gotten out, the Capt included.
I am so proud of that Flight Crew! Well done colleagues!
Thank you God.