http://www.sina.com.cn 2009年12月28日 16:00
Why did these pilots spend extra seconds trying to fix theunfixable? The answer is that many feared retribution if they lostmillion-dollar jets. And so they remained determined to try to savetheir airplanes。
Sully says he has never shaken his memories of fellow AirForce pilots who didn't survive such attempts. Having those detailsin the recesses of his brain was helpful as he made quick decisionson Flight 1549. 'As soon as the birds struck,' he says, 'I couldhave tried to return to LaGuardia so as not to ruin a US Airwaysaircraft. I could have worried that my decision to ditch the planewould be questioned by superiors or investigators. But I chose notto.'
Sully values the concept of 'goal sacrificing.' When it's nolonger possible to complete all your goals, you sacrificelower-priority goals. He instinctively knew that goal-sacrificingwas paramount on Flight 1549. 'By attempting a water landing,' hesays, 'I would sacrifice the 'airplane goal --trying not to destroyan aircraft valued at $60 million -- for the goal of savinglives.'
Able to compartmentalize his thinking, even in those diremoments over the Hudson, Sully says his family did not come intohis head. 'That was for the best. It was vital that I be focused;that I allow myself no distractions. My consciousness existedsolely to control the flight path.'
Since saving 155 lives that day, Sully has received thousandsof emails and now has 635,000 Facebook fans. His actions touchedpeople so deeply that they felt compelled to reach out and sharetheir own seminal experiences with him。
'I am now the public face of an unexpectedly upliftingmoment,' Sully says, and he accepts that. Still, he's notcomfortable with the 'hero' mantle. A hero runs into a burningbuilding, he says. 'Flight 1549 was different because it was thrustupon me and my crew. We turned to our training, we made gooddecisions, we didn't give up, we valued every life on that plane --and we had a good outcome. I don't know that 'heroic' describesthat. It's more that we had a philosophy of life, and we applied itto the things we did that day.'
Sully has heard from people who say preparation and diligenceare not the same as heroism. He agrees。
One letter that was particularly touching to Sully came fromPaul Kellen of Medford, Mass. 'I see a hero as electing to enter adangerous situation for a higher purpose,' he wrote, 'and you werenot given a choice. That is not to say you are not a man of virtue,but I see your virtue arising from your choices at other times.It's clear that many choices in your life prepared you for thatmoment when your engines failed。
'There are people among us who are ethical, responsible anddiligent. I hope your story encourages those who toil in obscurityto know that their reward is simple -- they will be ready if thetest comes. I hope your story encourages others toimitation.'
Sully now sees lessons for the rest of us. 'We need to try todo the right thing every time, to perform at our best,' he says,'because we never know what moment in our lives we'll be judgedon.'
He always had a sense of this. Now he knows it for sure。