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Quick Hits: US Air Survivors Get $5000 for Their Trouble


Brief scrutiny of today's headlines.


US Airways (LCC) has issued $5,000 checks to all 150 passengers who lost baggage when their plane ditched in the Hudson River after both engines failed.

The airline also plans to reimburse passengers for the cost of their tickets on the flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina.

A less-astute airline would have demanded an accounting of the items passengers lost. In a letter to passengers, the airline said it was "truly sorry" for baggage lost in the January 15th splash landing, and noted that personal possessions left in the plane could be held for months by investigators.

US Airways Pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, a former Air Force fighter pilot, showed guts and incredible skill in getting the plane down safely after it lost power. It appears Canada geese were sucked into the engines.

The passengers were effusive in their praise for the pilot and crew. Sullenberger became a national hero and was invited to President Barack Obama's inauguration.

But you know that in some wretched little rathole, a lawyer is preparing to sue the airline on behalf of a passenger who allegedly suffered emotional trauma, loss of consortium and the usual litany of horrors.

Luckily, the passengers and crew who survived didn't have to depend on a shyster to fly the plane as it fell from the sky.

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