Did you ever experience someone saying something really weird and improbable but days later it actually happened? The famous plane landing on the Hudson river in New York city on January 15, 2009, was one of those experiences to me.
January, 2009 was the period when I just completed my graduation from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and walked into the job market hoping my story would be different during the days when fresh graduates were struggling to hang on to the US economy which was at its worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Just days before the US Airways passenger plane landed on the Hudson river, a friend of mine who was in an equally desperate situation like me said, “Life is just boring and seems to be going nowhere. Something drastic should happen like a plane landing on a river.” He was quick to add, “… but nothing should happen to anyone, everyone should be safe.” And that’s exactly how the famous plane landing on the Hudson river turned out a couple of days later. Not sure how the incidents were connected, not sure if they were connected at all in the first place but I smile at the coincidence whenever I remember.
Just completed watching the biographical movie “SULLY”, based on the surreal flight landing and the aftermath – the role of the captain of that flight played by Tom Hanks and directed by Cling Eastwood, and recollected those days.
Back then it was tough to find a job and it was even tougher spending days waiting to get into one. But I look back at those days with a sense of accomplishment… that I survived, like all the passengers and crew of that plane did.
Watch SULLY, great movie.
P.S. The plane landed on the river, but not crashed into the river, as one of the pilots says in the movie. That’s the inspiration for the blog title.