It's the last thing we want to think about when we're flying, but it's still true that planes can sometimes end up in harrowing situations.
They're very rare and a lot of the more serious mishaps can be prevented with proper training and diligent maintenance, but unfortunately, some issues are unavoidable.
But when they do arise, sometimes the right combination of skill and adrenaline can turn a potentially deadly incident into an amazing close call.
And when so many lives hang in the balance, a pilot who can pull that heroic task off deserves all the praise in the world. And that's exactly what has happened in the wake of one Russian case.