Cool headed flight attendant to detail Hudson River emergency landing


BINGHAMTON, NY – Sheila Dail, a US Airways flight attendant, will discuss “What a Difference a Day Makes” at the Binghamton University Forum luncheon, Thursday, October 28.  Lunch will begin at noon, with the formal program beginning at 12:30 p.m.  This presentation will be held at Traditions at the Glen, Johnson City.

Thursday, January 15, 2009.  What began as an ordinary workday for flight attendant Sheila Dail is now etched in her mind forever – as it is for the 150 passengers on board US Airways Flight 1549.  When the two-engine commercial aircraft struck a flock of birds minutes after takeoff, pilot Chesley (“Sully”) Sullenberger maneuvered the jetliner over New York City and safely landed it on the Hudson River. New York Governor David Paterson dubbed the extraordinary feat the “Miracle on Hudson.”

When Sullenberger announced, “brace for impact because we’re going down,” Dail and her two fellow flight attendants remained calm and collected, and, with more than 92 years of professional experience among them, went immediately into rescue mode. These three courageous lifesavers helped evacuate all passengers without casualties.

In her talk, titled “What a Difference a Day Makes,” Dail will share, her Flight 1549 experience and the effect the event has had on her life.

Dail has received numerous awards during her career, including the C.B.  Lansing Heroism Award from the Association of Flight Attendants; and the ALPA Distinguished Crew Award and the Master’s Medal, from the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.  

In addition, Dail received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, graduating cum laude from Western Carolina University.  She and her husband live in Asheville, N.C. and have four children.

The Binghamton University Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.  For more information, call the Forum office at (607) 777-4390.


Last Updated: 9/17/13