Readers may remember Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot and safety expert who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, with a loss of none of the 155 people aboard.
He correctly credited decades of aviation safety work by many people and agencies for that perfect landing.
For example, the aircraft remained afloat long enough for rescue crews to whisk away the passengers and crew members.
Sullenberger shared with CBS News his observations about the San Francisco airport on Saturday.
"There are several things that make it unique," Sullenberger said.
"In fact, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) classified it as a special airport, along with other airports worldwide that involve mountainous terrain or other special challenges.
"It is surrounded by water, and of course water is a featureless terrain where depth perception can sometimes be difficult. There are shifting winds, low visibilities, so there are several things that make it special, plus high terrain just past it."
And yet pilots land dozens of planes carrying thousands of passengers at that airport each day without incident.
When the United States hockey team bested the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, announcer Al Michaels asked, "Do you believe in miracles?"
I don't believe in miracles. I believe in hard work.
That 305 of the 307 people aboard survived the crash of Asiana Flight 214 was remarkable, but it was no miracle.
Over the decades, people built better planes, better airports, better emergency operations and better training of pilots and flight crews. Together, they made surviving such a crash survivable.
Thank God for all those wonderful people who worked to make that outcome possible.
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