US Airways Flight 1549: This Miracle Brought to You By America's Unions
There's the pilot:
What might have been a catastrophe in New York â€” one that evoked the feel if not the scale of the Sept. 11 attack â€” was averted by a pilotâ€™s quick thinking and deft maneuvers,
On board, the pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger III, 57, unable to get back to La Guardia, had made a command decision to avoid densely populated areas and try for the Hudson,
When all were out, the pilot walked up and down the aisle twice to make sure the plane was empty, officials said.
Sullenberger is a former national committee member and the former safety chairman for the Airline Pilots Association and now represented by US Airline Pilots Association. He--and his union--have fought to ensure pilots get the kind of safety training to pull off what he did yesterday.
Then there are the flight attendants: