On 60 minutes yesterday Sully, the captain of the plane that landed in the Hudson, said he did not pray during the crisis and just stayed focused on the task at hand.
My question for the very religious is would you have prayed? Should he have prayed? If he prayed and the plane crashed, would it have been god's will? If he prayed and they all survived, would it have been heralded as a miracle from god and not the skill of an excellent pilot?
i'll give an honest opinion from a Christian perspective.
I can honestly say that I have no idea whether or not I would have closed my eyes and prayed a prayer or just thought "God Help us" in my head.
I do, however, pray every day for guidance and safety for not only myself, but for my family and those I come in conatct with.
As far as the second part of your question about whether or not it would have been heralded as a miracle from God if he had prayed? Probably, but only by the radicals. The radicals on each side seem to blow the religious vs non-believer fight way out of proportion.
I think the pilot used the skills that not only has he learned from experience but also the intangibles that he was blessed with.