The conundrum known as flying!
The picture above represents a 'worst nightmare scenario' for alot of us I think. Well actually this truly represents a miracle, how did this plane not flip, or break up on impact?!! The aftermath pictures of the Paris Concorde crash is your absolute nightmare.What Chesley Sullenberger and his co-pilot achieved is still hard to comprehend, and a testament to their combined hours of flying and knowledge. When I first saw the pictures online and then read that there were no casualities, it was a literal double take moment!I have never liked flying and know it's statistically safer than driving my car or crossing the street - but it's just not natural!It's only since I met the Hubster and HAD to make repeated solo flights across the Atlantic, that I made myself get over it - somewhat. I think for me it's being out of control of my own destiny, you see I am more than a little bit of a control freak by nature! My main fears are always in the taking off and landing phases, and unfortunately one day these were almost realised!On a flight home to the UK from O'Hare (Chicago) 5 years ago, I was speeding down the runway for take-off onboard American Airlines, when at the very last second the pilot slammed on the brakes! That's when you realise why they make you wear the seatbelts tight, I'd have been halfway down the next cabin otherwise. We trundled back to the gate, engineers came onboard and 30 minutes later off we went again. This time we didn't quite get as far, before he slammed the brakes on again, my nerves were totally shot. The engineers returned and I asked to get off the plane, as did a few others. They weren't keen to release us but would have done. Instead a very reassuring British Mancunian engineer (which him being British and from Manchester definitely helped) came and personally talked me through the problem. He convinced me it was safe to stay onboard and third time was a charm for us. But this one incident took away all my built up flying bravado and I have yet to fully get it back!So I can only imagine how some of those passengers who landed on the Hudson must be feeling about flying now?! And how scary is it to think a few birds can down a jet of this size. I think I would be driving home, but WOULD YOU get back on a plane quickly after an incident of this magnitude?