Brace! Brace! Brace!

Thanks to a heroic pilot, 186 survive the tenth worst U.S. air crash

What if a less skilled captain had been at the controls of that jumbo jet, struggling under emergency conditions that no pilot had ever faced? Or if an off-duty airline pilot, who happened to be on board, had not rushed to the cockpit to assist him? Or if the 181-ft.-long aircraft had ripped apart in even a slightly different way? Or if that Sioux City cornfield had been drought baked and hard instead of rain soaked and soft?

It took a unique combination of fate and circumstance last week to produce a near miracle of survival in the midst of a...

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