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USAIR 1549 FA story b.s.

Benjamin Dover

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As many of us guessed, US 1549 FA in the back, Doreen Walsh - the drama queen who refused to put her uniform back on again with the rest of the crew during interviews- made up the story about the "female passenger" rushing by her and cracking open the rear door. It was her.

Attached article is about passenger on flight who just lost his job, but he also wanted to set the record straight about Doreen's bullsht story - he witnessed her trying to open the door and then discovering they were in the water. Quoting article:
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He'd like to put to rest one aspect of the emergency landing, what he calls the fiction that a passenger opened the rear door, letting water into the plane

Flight attendant Doreen Walsh said on "60 Minutes" that a female passenger rushed by her and opened the rear door.

No, Scudere said, he and others saw the flight attendant open the rear door. "Nobody was there to rush past her to open the door. I saw her back turned, and she was opening the door, and she said, 'Oh my God, we're in water!' I don't want to be critical. She hadn't gotten any warning that we'd be landing in the water. I just want to set the record straight."

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said it is aware of conflicting accounts about the rear door, and will try to sort out that issue when it releases its fact-finding report in June

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Sure, they never got a "ditching" PA from the cockpit and I don't think any of the three FA's knew they landed in the water, but at least be honest about it. Instead the bee-atch makes up a story about some rogue "female pax" and lies about it repeatedly in t.v. interviews. What a piece of work. Hope her probable lawsuit attempt gets tubed.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30220173//
 

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UFB (the FA, not this guy).
 

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I agree her appearances fit the mold of a "drama queen", but her opening the door didn't matter much anyways. A huge chunk of the lower aft fuselage forward of the pressure bulkhead was ripped out. I heard somewhere else that the cargo door(s?) were twisted and deformed. Her door didn't add much to the water that came in the aft end.

Death by drowning isn't pretty. Those in the aft cabin, including the FA, were up to their necks in water while it appeared they weren't moving forward. I've felt like I was going nuts when trying to catch another commuter flight home, and nobody is moving forward after a typical gate arrival when I've sat in the aft bulkhead seats. I can't imagine being stuck in the unmoving herd with ice water rising around my kneck.

I'll give her a pass so far. She wasn't told they were going in the water, (Mon AM QB'ing), but was alive at the end of the day.
 

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I'll give her a pass so far. She wasn't told they were going in the water, (Mon AM QB'ing), but was alive at the end of the day.

She lied... That deserves a pass? I don't say hang her, but it sounds like she did lie to the NTSB and to the adoring public.
 

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Who cares? The NTSB cares because it matters in terms of survivability in a crash. If she did open the door it could be a training issue. It may not have mattered in this case but I'd say it's pretty darned important to not open a door that's under water.
 

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She F'ed up and then tried to pass the blame. What if they had crashed on the ground and there would have been burning jet fuel on the ground next to the plane? Would she just open the door? Evidently, yes.

Not everyone can remain cool, calm, and collected in an emergency and until you've had one, you can't honestly say how you'd respond. Sulley seems to have held his own. The bottom line is everybody survived so this should be a case study, not a which hunt. Let the women go on her way.
 

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Well said.

She's a bit of a piece of work from the stories I've heard from people who've flown with her, but those were pretty strange circumstances for everyone. The "book" hadn't yet been written on how to deal with the "close in, three minute ditching."

Lot's of stuff went right, and we will learn from the rest.
 

tyuwerty

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Exactly. Opening the door isn't the issue. Sh!t happens. Lying about it speaks volumes about her.
 

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...but the explosive bolts just blew!!
 

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Cause she is required to view the outside of the aircraft, through the doors window, before opening the exit......
 
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It is sad if she lied about opening the door herself. She must have not been thinking right. Hopefully she will retire.
 

j41driver

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She's already been at USAir for like 187 years anyway...I'd say retirement is a good idea.
 

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Cause she is required to view the outside of the aircraft, through the doors window, before opening the exit......
Yeah, true, but ever tried to look out those tiny portholes? They show very little - and it looks distorted like a fish-eye lens. I don't know if I could tell whether by looking or not it was water. BUT, the big splash and sudden acceleration might cue me in.

To me - the big problem, if this is true, is that she lied for 3 months about it. I think that if she had said up front that she had made a mistake and opened the door on her own, it would of been a minor detail in the whole incident. Everyone would be impressed they made it out alive - now, the excitement over the flawless landing has subsided and now we can focus on the "lying FA".
 
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Joey Bagodonutz

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Word on the street is Sully and crew screwed up. Never moved the thrust levers out of the climb detent. Also I understand that most who have replicated this in the sim have safely landed in Teterboro. Maybe they moved the levers, or at least bothered to put them in the idle detent before attempting a restart.
 

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Word on the street is Sully and crew screwed up. Never moved the thrust levers out of the climb detent. Also I understand that most who have replicated this in the sim have safely landed in Teterboro. Maybe they moved the levers, or at least bothered to put them in the idle detent before attempting a restart.

Not again. Maybe if I close my eyes, it'll go away.:rolleyes:
 

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I'd still bang her.
 
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