Posted by: Laura Harbert Allen | February 4, 2009

Expect a Miracle

I believe in Miracles!

Do you believe in miracles?

We saw a miracle on Thursday, January 15, 2009 when the crew landed a commercial airline in the Hudson River after the jet engines were disabled. Presumably there was an encounter with a flock of birds.

New York State’s Governor Paterson proclaimed the accident “Miracle on the Hudson.” Was this event a Miracle?

Pilot Chesley Sullenberger with great skill landed the plane in the Hudson River, after determining that location to be his only real option. He could not make it back to La Guardia Airport [I have flown out of LaGuardia on numerous occasions.], nor could he reach the nearby Teterboro Airport. The river water was icy cold and the air was frigid.

The pilot landed the plane without the loss of any lives. All of the passengers were transported to safety by numerous ferries and other boats that rushed to the scene. During the interval between normal flight and the crash, one passenger said that “everyone started praying.” They no doubt prayed for their safety and survival.

Many experts were surprised that the veteran pilot managed to land the commercial jet down in the water without the plane breaking up. In the history of aviation, there have been few successful water landings.

Accolades have been heaped on the veteran pilot. He has been described as a hero.

But, what about his co-pilots?

Sitting in the cockpit with the pilot was co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles. It was reported that he said to the pilot after they got into a boat: You know Sully – no-one’s ever had a successful ditch before. You pulled it off. Not much has been said about Mr. Skiles, but he played an important role too.

There was another co-pilot. God was present and God enabled a miracle by using the skills, training and talent of the two pilots to land the plane safely in the Hudson River.

Yes, I believe in miracles.

Every time I board an airplane, I pray for the pilot, the crew, the air traffic controllers, the mechanics and all other airport staff.

I thank God that the passengers and crew of Flight 1549 experienced a miracle and we were witnesses to it.

I wonder what the passengers and crew think about miracles.



  1. Miracles do still happen. I sure praise God for this one and for the other ones I have seen during my lifetime.

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