So it is a fairly well known fact that I am NOT a Dr. Phil phan.
However, today I saw him on Larry King as the "pilot expert" after US Airways flight 1549 ditched in the Hudson river. He actually did not come off like a total moron, although when the segment started I was sure he would. He almost impressed me with his knowledge of the situation, and like the title says, he turned a corner with me. I'm not saying I "like" him, he's just turned a corner.
Typically after any incident involving an aircraft, you get a plethora of "experts" who talk directly out of their buttholes and have NOTHING to say that even resembles a fact, or reality whatsoever. It is pure speculation by people who know very little about what they are talking about.
I have come to understand that "breaking news" is usually the most knee jerk, idiotic banter. For example... "We do not know at this time if this is any sort of terrorism event, we are standing by for more details"....
Why the hell do you even say things like that? It's enough to make you appreciate a good newspaper. They simply cannot speculate like that because of their format.
I sincerely appreciate any news outlet that does not sensationalize the news. VIVA NPR!
Anyway, 150 people owe their lives to a very well trained and professional airline crew today. Pretty awesome that a 160,000 pound airplane that turned into a glider right after takeoff in the most congested metropolitan area that I know of did not kill 1 person. But hey, those airplanes fly themselves right?