AFA-CWA Praises Crew of US Airways Flight 1549

Washington, DC (January 15, 2017) – On the eighth anniversary of the extraordinary landing on the Hudson, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement honoring the expert work of the crew of US Airways Flight 1549:

“On January 15, 2009, three US Airways Flight Attendants, Donna Dent, Sheila Dail, and Doreen Welsh, reminded the world that Flight Attendants serve as aviation’s first responders and last line of defense on every flight. Leaning on their training and experience, in less than two minutes, the three Flight Attendants orchestrated the safe evacuation of 150 men, women and children as the plane sank into the ice-filled Hudson River.

“The inspiring outcome of the potentially tragic events on flight 1549 is a tribute to Union Members everywhere; from the pilot landing on the Hudson and the New York area Air Traffic controllers to the ferry boat operators and emergency response teams. The "Miracle on the Hudson" would not have been a miracle without everyone involved doing exactly what needed to be done at just the right moment. Union members made the difference. AFA is proud of the crew of Flight 1549 and the work done every day by Flight Attendants, pilots, ground crew, and all members of the aviation family.”

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