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Sometimes You’re Chesley Sullenberger, Sometimes You’re Brandon Sparrow

Posted on | August 13, 2012 | 4 Comments

by Smitty via (Dan Riehl)

Chesley, you’ll recall did something heroic and walked away from it. Brandon Sparrow, not so much:

A heroic pilot at the helm of a doomed plane full of skydivers made sure all of his passengers had jumped to safety before deftly crashing the aircraft in a backyard — where no one was injured
Brandon Sparrow, the brave pilot, was the only one killed in the horrific crash in Taylorville, Illinois, on Saturday morning.
Neighbors and authorities say Mr Sparrow’s efforts saved untold numbers of lives — as the plane went down in a crowded residential neighborhood.
‘It was either an act of God, or the pilot himself put the plane down in the back yard,’ Mayor Greg Brotherton told the State Journal-Register upon visiting the crash site.

Kipling comes to mind:

We’re most of us liars, we’re ‘arf of us thieves,
an’ the rest are as rank as can be,
But once in a while we can finish in style
(which I ‘ope it won’t ‘appen to me).

Truly, Sparrow finished in style. Heaven rest his soul.


4 Responses to “Sometimes You’re Chesley Sullenberger, Sometimes You’re Brandon Sparrow”

  1. Brian
    August 13th, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    We need more people who embrace Kipling and fewer that worship Marx.

  2. PaulLemmen
    August 13th, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I think Kipling presents man in his true light, not as we want to be seen but as we are.
    May God bless Mr. Sparrow’s soul. I’ll dedicate this mornings Rosary to the repose of his soul.

  3. jlwellfonder
    August 13th, 2012 @ 10:10 am


  4. Quartermaster
    August 13th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Sparrow, indeed, finished in style.