US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today issued the following statement in response to the high volume of requests for media interviews with the Crew of Flight 1549:
US Airways is extremely proud of the professional Crew of Flight 1549. All five of these outstanding aviation professionals performed in an exceptional way under extraordinary circumstances. The Company also appreciates the generous outpouring of support these five employees are receiving, and we recognize the media’s good intentions to speak with them as soon as possible. As the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) have also said in a statement, the crew has communicated their willingness to share their experiences at the right time. At this stage of the process and investigation, however, they are respectfully declining all media interview requests.
US Airways will continue to work with the Crew of Flight 1549 and their union leaders to determine when media interviews are appropriate.