Much attention has been focused on the flight deck crew, and particularly the captain (and rightly so) for what appears to have been a truly remarkable water landing. However, the three flight attendants who immediately carried out the evacuation of all 150 passengers on board also deserve an enormous amount of credit for the excellent outcome of this accident. The flight attendants safely evacuated all on board in less than 90 seconds, after having virtually no warning that the aircraft was about to ditch in the river. Congratulations and praise are definitely in order for these flight attendants who made all of us so very proud!
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.
Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...