Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The REAL Miracle of Flight 1549

When USAir 1549 managed to successfully land in the Hudson River last January, many people proclaimed it a "miracle" that there were no deaths or serious injuries. Cynics such as myself dismissed that description, pointing out that a seasoned pilot was at the controls. The hand of God had nothing to do with it, we said. It was all about experience, aerodynamics, and a lot of luck.

Well, it looks like I'm going to have to eat my words and start going to church on Sundays. In a development that truly defies rational explanation, it turns out that the people at USAir went out of their way to recover the belongings left behind by the passengers when they evacuated the plane. Items such as luggage, purses, coats, wallets, and even jewelery were carefully gathered from the plane after it was pulled from the river. They were tagged and then shipped to a special facility in Texas. Once there, they were cleaned and restored, and are now in the process of being returned to their owners. The airline is doing all this even though it is under no legal obligation to do so.

If that's not proof of the existence of God, I don't know what is.

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