Daily Archives: February 11, 2009

Capt. Sullenberger And The Price Of Hero Worship

I am as full of admiration as anyone for the way Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his crew ditched US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, but I have been taken aback by the ferocity of the attendant hero worship.

If we need a hero, and there’s an argument floating about that we do, Capt. Sullenberger certainly is a likely one. He’s a highly skilled pilot who pulled off an extraordinary feat of aviation with a heartwarming ending. He’s good-looking and personable, too.

So why not celebrate the miracle landing by the hero pilot? I can think of a few reasons to look at the event more clinically.

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