Carol Platt Liebau: Hallelluia!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


A malfunctioning Jet Blue airplane has landed safely at LA International Airport -- a real blessing.

One is tempted to wonder what the passengers did in the course of the three hour ordeal between learning of the defective landing gear and their safe landing. It would be wonderful to think that, perhaps, with their mortality firmly in mind, some passengers got on their cell phones and patched up a quarrel, asked for forgiveness or gave it, or assured someone else of their love, in a way that will have profound and beautiful consequences for the rest of their lives.

And maybe it's not such a bad thing to ask yourself from time to time: If I were stuck in a malfunctioning airplane -- not at all sure that I'd land safely -- what unfinished business would I take care of? And then go do it.


Blogger Ruth Anne Adams said...

And so, Carol, the question must be: what unfinished business would *you* take care of??

8:10 PM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

I can't imagine what was going through these people's mind as they were flying in circles over the Pacific Ocean....

Or even worse, their family.

It is a miracle that no one was hurt.

12:38 AM  
Blogger lbrosky said...

It also makes me appreciate our pilots and airline experts. How amazing to watch that plane land right on the center line. (Well, the pilot apologized for being 6 inches off.) And the landing was just as predicted by experts -- nose up until the last possible minute and eased down for smooth ride.

How many of us were saying a little prayer as we watched that plane come down over the runaway?

11:41 AM  

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