Last 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 safely executed a water landing on the Hudson River after a flock of birds were ingested into the engines a few minutes just after take-off. Both engines flamed-out, causing the aircraft to glide and do a water landing as turning back will be too impossible. Last August 15, 2019, an Ural Airlines Airbus A321 executed a terrain landing after also ingesting birds into the engine shortly after take-off.
Both incidents had no casualties. All passengers and crew members survived. Both incidents were a close-call which would have resulted to a major crash with more than a hundred souls on board if not of the quick decision making and airmanship of the pilots in the control.
Sadly despite lives being saved given the circumstance and situation, many would still blame the pilots or airline maintenance instead of being thankful that they were all brought to safety.
You see, an airplane is not a perfect machine, and that's exactly why they have safety equipment and why your flight crew are highly trained to deal with difficult and extreme situations incase the unthinkable happens. Pilots go through years of training and to build their airmanship skills to make sure they fly the aircraft from point A to point B safely. The cabin crew go through months of grueling safety training to ensure that in the event of an emergency situation, all passengers are evacuated safely in seconds. These two jobs are not an easy thing, definitely cannot be learned overnight by simply watching YouTube and reading through Quora.
Airplanes are still subject to the harsh environment. Sometimes, we hear passengers say "the pilots are bad because of a hard landing" without knowing that the pilots had to execute a hard landing because of crosswinds which may flip the aircraft easily if it was flared. We also hear people say "I don't like to fly that airline because our flight was rough and the pilots could have just flown a different route to avoid turbulent areas" without them knowing that pilots are to follow certain waypoints only, or should we say an "invisible highway in the sky" to avoid any untoward midair collision. It is easy for us to talk without knowing what goes on inside the flight deck and the communication between pilots and cabin crew.
During technical difficulties especially at mid-flight, there is so much going on between pilots, the cabin crew, air control tower, and ground personnel to ensure the safety of all passengers. Pilots making bold decisions and acting upon all what they can do to land the aircraft safely. Flight attendants preparing for any untowards situation where they can easily evacuate passengers at the fastest time possible. Air traffic control clearing the skies and guiding the crippled aircraft to safety. Ground personnel ready to assist in any emergency that may happen in the ground.
Yes we may suffer delays in our flight which can totally be of something inconvenient for us, but let us not forget to thank our flight crew for doing all to ensure our safety. Let us thank our pilots that despite having to execute hard landings or even crash landings, we are alive and they made sure that our safety is taken into paramount.
Before we talk, let us know the facts first. In commercial aviation, safety is paramount. Let us never forget to thank our pilots, cabin crew, and all who works for the aviation industry for ensuring our safety.