" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

August 19, 2017

Sully and the Ripple Effect

I just watched the movie 'Sully' on DVD and couldn't help thinking of "the ripple effect" that that event had, not just in the lives of the people involved, but the world in general.
The movie was based on the real "Flight 1549, an Airbus A320-214 which, three minutes after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada geese just northeast of the George Washington Bridge and consequently lost all engine power. Unable to reach any airport, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a ditching in the Hudson River off Midtown Manhattan.
All 155 people aboard were rescued by nearby boats and there were few serious injuries.
The accident came to be known as the "Miracle on the Hudson""
As I watched 'Sully' I couldn't help thinking of November 12, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in Queens minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board, which I wrote about in this post -
2001: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
And this post -
Donnie Darko, 2001 and American Airlines Flight 587
It certainly makes you wonder about fate...or at least luck...when it comes to life and lives and the dividends paid out to the other lives involved when so many lives are effected by the outcome...and for a long time to come.
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger makes a good point in the movie when he more or less deflects his heroic efforts in bringing the plane down safely by saying that there were many parts in play here for that to be possible besides his efforts, such as the crew, control tower, rescue workers and on and on.
And he is right (although still the main hero in my book), because no man/woman is an island in this world, even though at times we like to think we are.
Everything in the world effects everything else, even if we don't notice it.
Heath Ledger in scenes from the movie 'Two Hands'
T Hanks in a scene from 'Sully' nearly getting run over while jogging
I can't help thinking about fate when watching movies like 'Sully'.
Maybe I should blame movies like 'Donnie Darko' for that?-)
"The weather at 2:51 p.m. (2+5+1=8) was 10 miles visibility with broken clouds at 3,700 feet, wind 8 knots from 290°; an hour later it was few clouds at 4,200 feet, wind 9 knots from 310°.
At 3:26:37 Sullenberger remarked to Skiles: "What a view of the Hudson today".
At 3:27:11 the plane struck a flock of Canada geese at an altitude of 2,818 feet (859 m) about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north-northwest of LaGuardia.
The pilots' view was filled with the large birds; passengers and crew heard very loud bangs and saw flames from the engines, followed by silence and an odor of fuel."
King and Kubrick movies don't help me either.
I guess ripples are something that effect all of us in our baptism of life's events, until our number is up?

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