TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 15, 2009--US Airways (NYSE: LCC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker
made a statement regarding flight 1549 this afternoon. Parker spoke at
US Airways headquarters in Tempe. His remarks follow:
"Thank you for joining us so quickly. US Airways flight 1549 has been
involved in an accident. The Airbus A320 was en route to Charlotte from
LaGuardia with 150 passengers on board. The flight was operated with a
crew of five (two pilots and three flight attendants). Our preliminary
report is that everyone is off the plane.
We have activated our 'US Airways Care' team of specially trained
employee volunteers to assist those affected by this accident.
Individuals who believe they may have family members on board flight
1549 may call US Airways at 1-800-679-8215 within the United
States. This number can be reached toll-free from international
locations through AT&T's USADirect(R). To contact an AT&T
operator, please visit http://www.usa.att.com/traveler
for USADirect(R) access codes.
Others are asked not to call this number so the lines can be kept
available for those who truly need them. It is premature to speculate
about the cause of this accident. Out of respect for those affected by
these events, we would ask that you, the media, also resist the
temptation to speculate.
The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct a thorough
investigation to determine the probable cause with our complete support
and the support of many others. Further, we are working with and will
continue to cooperate fully with the NTSB, local, state and national
authorities and answers will emerge in the course of the investigation.
I will be heading to New York shortly. Right now, we're working to care
for those who have been touched by this accident. Members of our airline
family will come together with these families to help however we can.
In closing, safety is, has been and forever will be our foremost
priority. All of us at US Airways are committed to determining the cause
of this event and to assist in every way possible in preventing a
Parker made his statement before departing for LaGuardia. He will join
the US Airways Care Team, which is already en route to look after the
needs of those involved in today's accident.
US Airways will continue to release information as it becomes available.
Please monitor usairways.com for the latest information. (LCCG)
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CONTACT: US Airways
Media Relations, 480-693-5729
Source: US Airways