Monday, July 14, 2008

Crew of British Airways Flight 038 receive medals

Senior crew of British Airways Flight 038The crew members of British Airways Flight 038, the Boeing 777 that crash landed at London's Heathrow International Airport (LHR) on January 17, 2008 were given British Airways' highest accolade for their professionalism on the day of the accident. Pictured here, in a photo taken the day after the accident, are the senior crew members from BA Flight 038. Left to right, they are senior First Officer John Coward, who was the pilot flying at the time of the emergency; Captain Peter Burkill, pilot in command; and Cabin Service Director Sharron Eaton-Mercer, the senior cabin crew member on the flight.

All three pilots and 13 cabin crew members who were working on BA Flight 038 at the time of the accident were awarded the BA Safety Medal by BA chief executive Willie Walsh "for their remarkable skill and courage." The BA Safety Medal has been awarded only three times before.

In a statement about the award issued by British Airways, Willie Walsh said: "The crew demonstrated incredible professionalism, first in landing the aircraft safely and then evacuating all the passengers with only a few minor injuries sustained. The whole of British Airways is extremely proud of them."

Captain Peter Burkill said: "It is a great privilege for us to receive the BA Safety Medal. We are extremely honoured to be added to the list of the very few people who have received this award.

"The training we undergo at British Airways is second to none. During the events of the 17 January these skills kicked in, as we did everything we could to ensure the safety of our passengers."

Congratulations to all the crew of BA Flight 038 for a job well done.

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