Talk about a scary incident. This could have ended about a dozen other ways, all of them bad. The fact that Sully and the crew performed perfectly is a testament to their training and experience.
The immediate and coordinated response by first responders and private citizens is truly impressive. Within minutes there were ferries and emergency boats on the scene. Compared to the disbelief and stunned reaction to 9/11, everyone involved immediately recognized and responded without delay to the emergency. If anyone has learned the lessons of 9/11, it's the people of the metropolitan area.
TRex quoted a friend over in his rarely-updated blog:
I was just talking to my friend Christa earlier tonight. She’s a transplanted Noo Ywahkah living on the west coast and she said, “Oh, honey, listen. If I’m trapped under 30,000 pounds of concrete, breathing through a straw, hanging on for dear life, I wanna hear some Brooklyn and Jersey accents calling down to me, y’know? ‘Yoo hang awn down deyah, honey, we gonna gitcha outta deyah, arright?’ All rescue workers everywhere should have to talk like they’re from New York.”That about sums it up perfectly. Everyone did an outstanding job yesterday. It's good to feel good about a jet crash for a change.