Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ain't it just like a human - redux

Have you seen the Coast Guard video of the New York City plane crash?

If you haven't, pop over to YouTube and watch it. It's not hard to find and it is amazing to watch.

I have said this before, but I don't think it can be said too often. Human beings so often respond with grace in times of emergency. It gives me hope for the world to read, or in this case watch, evidence of that fact.

Of course, it is a miracle that the pilot was able to ditch the jetliner in the Hudson and that it remained intact. Most of all, it was a miracle that everyone escaped the accident alive and whole.

But it is watching the human reactions that is an amazement to me.

Within seconds after the plane came to rest, passengers streamed from the exits, climbing onto the wings. And it is plain that they were doing so in an orderly fashion and that they were helping each other.

And in under two minutes (there's a timer on the Coast Guard traffic watch camera that caught the footage) boats began to show up along side the downed plane and their crews began to pull the airplane passengers to safety.

We are at our best when we aren't thinking about ourselves, aren't we?