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Unsung heroes of the Hudson River plane crash

The US Airways Airbus A320 that made its spectacular landing in the Hudson river last week had three unsung heroes on board.

The pilot, Chesley “Sulley” Sullenburger kept his cool and saved all 155 lives with his quick thinking and acute judgement however the three flight attendants on board the plane also remind us what it really means to work in the skies.Sheila Dail, 57, Doreen Welsh, 58, and Donna Dent, 51 were the driving force behind safely removing all 150 passengers from the aircraft out of the emergency exist and to safety.

“They did everything right,” said Mike Flores, who heads the wing of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) union, which represents the three. “Had they made one mistake, we would be talking about a completely different outcome than we saw on Thursday.”

Doreen Walsh was aiding passengers out through the over wing exit chest high in frosty waters. It wasn’t until she had all the passengers to safety that she realised she had a deep cut on her leg.

NTSB, (National Transportation Safety Board) member Kitty Higgins remarks emotionally, “This is a testament to experienced women doing their jobs.”


One victim suffered two broken legs seen to by paramedic Helen Rodriguez, but there were no other reports of serious injuries.

“We had a miracle on 34th Street. I believe now we have had a miracle on the Hudson,” Gov. David Paterson said.