Thursday, April 02, 2009

US Airways Flight 1549 flight attendants given heroism award

The three flight attendants who successfully evacuated over 150 passengers from US Airways Flight 1549 after the A320 aircraft made a water landing in the Hudson River in January were honored by their union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA). Flight attendants Sheila Dail, Donna Dent, and Doreen Welsh were presented with the C.B. Lansing Award for Heroism in a ceremony held at the annual AFA-CWA Board of Directors meeting earlier this week.

"It is an honor to present our most prestigious award for heroism to three AFA-CWA flight attendants who utilized their experience, knowledge and training to ensure the survival of all souls aboard, including passengers with mobility challengers, children and other special needs passengers," said Veda Shook, AFA-CWA International Vice President. "Passengers and their colleagues have praised the professionalism of Sheila, Donna and Doreen and America has adopted them as their heroes. Today we honor them on behalf of over 50,000 flight attendants at major, national, charter and regional carriers across the country."

"Sheila, Donna and Doreen have long known the importance of the flight attendant profession. As their colleagues, we also know how vital our role is as safety professionals, but because of events on January 15, now the world knows that flight attendants as safety professionals go hand in hand," said Mike Flores, AFA-CWA US Airways President.

The C. B. Lansing Memorial Award was established following the tragic and heroic events aboard Aloha Airlines Flight 243 on April 28, 1988. Aloha flight attendants faced a sudden and serious aircraft incident. C.B. Lansing did not survive the incident; however her fellow flight attendants persevered, rendering life-saving first aid in-flight as they planned for an emergency landing.

The award is not an annual presentation and is presented to a crew or crewmember who displays heroism beyond the call of duty. There have been four prior recipients in the history of AFA-CWA who have received this honor. Sheila, Donna and Doreen are Charlotte, North Carolina based AFA-CWA members.

Below is a video of the testimony given by the three flight attendants at a Congressional hearing about the US Airways Flight 1549 accident. The hearing was held on February 24, 2009, before the HouseTransportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.

If the video does not play or display properly above, click here to view it on YouTube.

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