Friday, January 16, 2009

US Airways identifies the crew of Flight 1549

US Airways logoA short time ago, US Airways officially identified members of the crew of Flight 1549, the A320 that ditched in New York's Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The water landing was successful, and all 155 on board were immediately evacuated and rescued. There were no fatalities or life-threatening injuries.

They crew members of US Airways Flight 1549 were:
  • Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III - Age 58, joined US Airways (PSA Airlines) in 1980. He has a total of 19,663 flights hours.
  • First officer Jeffrey B. Skiles - Age 49, joined US Airways (USAir) in 1986. He has a total of 15,643 flight hours.
  • Flight attendant, Shelia Dail - Age 57, joined US Airways (Piedmont Airlines) in 1980 and has more than 28 years experience with the airline.
  • Flight attendant, Doreen Welsh - Age 58, joined US Airways (Allegheny Airlines) in 1970 and has more than 38 years experience with the airline.
  • Flight attendant, Donna Dent - Age 51, joined US Airways (Piedmont Airlines) in 1982 and has more than 26 years experience with the airline.
In a press conference earlier today, US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said, "I, like the rest of you, am extremely proud of our crew for their quick and heroic actions. Today they are safe and doing well, and along with so many other members of our team, are assisting with the official investigation. In the meantime, our continued focus and support will be on our passengers, their families and our crew."

I would like to add my own small voice to those congratulating the entire crew, and commending them for their exemplary professionalism. They have made all of us in the aviation community very proud indeed.

UPDATE Jan. 19, 2009:
Joint Statement from the US Airline Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants Concerning the Crew of US Airways Flight 1549:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – January 19, 2009 – Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, First Officer Jeff Skiles and Flight Attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen Welsh and Donna Dent wish to offer their sincere thanks and appreciation for the overwhelming support, praise and well wishes they have received from the public around the world since the events of last Thursday.

The entire crew recognizes the media’s interest in speaking with them as soon as possible, and they are willing to share their experiences when the time is right. However, as the NTSB investigation is ongoing, they ask that the media respect their desire to refrain from participating in interviews until further notice.
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