It hurt to read the SCSIIT report...it really hurt. It took me three weeks. I had to be careful how I opened
it, and I had the public version. I opened it to a picture of Laurel's seatbelt reel, the one with the busted lug, two
pages ahead of my place.
I had to set it down for ten minutes.
I don't want to think about what they redacted.
That must have been only a tiny sample of the cup given the Spacecraft Crew Survival Integrated Investigation Team (SCSIIT)
and the families of Rick, Willie, Laurel, K.C., Ilan, David, and Michael.
The portion I have taken doesn't lessen theirs at all...it might even make it worse. The best outcome is to lessen
or prevent such suffering in future accidents.
United Airways 1549 ditched in the Hudson River while I was reading the SCSIIT report. The best of 106 years of
powered flight experience came together and saved the lives of over one hundred fifty-five people from aviation's second oldest
problem: bird strike. Everything went right. A spacecraft will eventually have that chance. Perhaps it could