February 24, 2009
The Indelible Image of Tragedy
Patrick Harten, the air traffic controller who communicated with the US Airways flight that ditched in the Hudson River, was sure the crash had killed everyone aboard the plane.
“Even when I learned the truth, I could not escape the image of tragedy in my mind,” he said. “Every time I saw the survivors on television, I imagined grieving widows. It’s taken me over a month for me to be able see that I did a good job. I was flexible and responsible and I listened to what the pilots said and I made sure I gave him the tools he needed. I was calm and in control.”