America's Newest Hero: Capt. Jack Conroyd

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"It was very good airmanship and frankly shows how resilient and how good aviation security is," said John Nance, aviation consultant for ABC News.

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For flight attendants, their training was put to the test.

"They are taught to use their voice, be extremely affirmative, basically they become drill sergeants," said Nance.

The crew's professionalism is critical but planes have gotten increasingly safer with stronger seats, cabin material that doesn't burn as quickly to help ensure that even when something goes terribly wrong, passengers can have the greatest chance to walk away.

ABC News' Lisa Lampkin contributed to this report

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