Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Asiana flight attendants hailed as heroes

It is fascinating to read accounts of heroism of Asiana flight attendants! CNN link
We are glad to have Veteran flight attendants like Lee Yoon Hye who can step up under pressure and ensure safety of passengers.
“According to the airline, flight attendants helped passengers get off the plane safely. They opened doors, deployed slides and helped passengers escape, according to JoongAng Daily, a South Korean newspaper. As soon as the plane stopped, Lee knocked on the cockpit door to make sure the pilots were OK.” Once evacuation began, Lee said she had a plan. "I was not thinking, but acting," she said. "As soon as I heard 'emergency escape,' I conducted the evacuation." "When there was a fire, I was just thinking to extinguish it, not thinking that it's too dangerous or 'What am I going to do?'"

Recent articles in media suggest that “Asiana flight attendants undergo three months of training including emergencies and terrorist training before their first flight.” Perhaps all global airlines do. However, the difference when it comes to life-and-death in emergency situations is the maturity. Passengers on this Asiana flight had the benefit of Lee Yoon Hye’s years of experience in the industry.

I only wish we had similar experienced and perceptive and well-grounded flight attendants on all international flights.

Reaction of air-crew is perhaps one aspect of Jet Airways flight 229 that I continue to reflect on, even five years after the incident. Would the presence of a super-hero flight attendant would have saved the life of little Aditya?

Hard to second guess.

Bottomline, it is heartening to see good training, presence of mind coming to play in saving dozens of lives during trying times!

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