Last week presented two unique aviation events illustrating a great contrast in character. The first event consisted of Marcus Schrenker attempting to fake his death so that he could flee personal, financial, and legal troubles. The coward leaps from his plane without any concern for what might happen to the unpiloted plane or for the people he left behind.
In great contrast, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger courageously and precisely landed his Airbus A320 with 151 people on board in the Hudson River. The man executed the landing perfectly and to everyone's amazement not a single person perished. After everyone was evacuated, he walked the aisles twice to make sure that the plane was empty. This man's courage and expertise instantly elevated him to hero. These are the kind of people our media should spend more time on. This is the type of person that we should give book deals to.
The interesting question is: what led one to be a coward and the other to be courageous?