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In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 12:13 pm

28th of April 1988 happened the terrible incident of Aloha flight 243.
The only dead person, the chief FA Clarabelle Lansing, is considered a hero, since she blocked the "hole" of the fuselage for few seconds.
This thread is in memory of this great FA, Ms.Lansing, whose body was never found. And of course, in the memory of all the survivors and the MAGNIFICENT crew that saved the entired aircraft when they landed the plane safely.
RIP to Ms Lansing.
Adam

PS: for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarabell_Lansing
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 12:30 pm

Yes, Aloha 243 is to me a perfect example of a well trained crew performing their jobs perfectly. Michelle Honda, Bob Schornsteimer and Madeline Tompkins all performed exceptionally and saved the lives of those on board--the passengers in particular all spoke highly of how Ms. Honda performed in calming them down and preparing them for the emergency landing.

C.B. Lansing was one of Aloha's best flight attendants and is well remembered by her colleagues. On April 28th Aloha's flight attendant union placed Lei on the memorial for her at the Interisland Terminal Garden.

As a sidenote, Capt. Tompkins is still flying...she piloted my mom's flight from OAK-HNL on April 9th.

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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 12:36 pm

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 1):
As a sidenote, Capt. Tompkins is still flying...she piloted my mom's flight from OAK-HNL on April 9th.

I remember the movie they made based on that incident, "Miracle Landing" They used a made-up airline name "Paradise" instead of Aloha, but they used CB Lansing's name as one of the main characters in the film... What a horrible thing though. God bless her...
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 12:55 pm

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 1):
As a sidenote, Capt. Tompkins is still flying...she piloted my mom's flight from OAK-HNL on April 9th.

SOO cool!!! What type of plane? Was she a capitan?
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 1:17 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 3):
SOO cool!!! What type of plane? Was she a capitan?

Pr. the link the OP provided, she's still a Captain on the B737-700 fleet.
 
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 1:42 pm

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 4):
Pr. the link the OP provided, she's still a Captain on the B737-700 fleet.

Yes she is a captain in the 700 fleet. On the flight my mom was on she was very much into 'cockpit security.' My mom said she made an announcement about passengers in 1st Class and the front of coach remaining seated when the pilots left the cockpit. Also, I have flown with her and her landing was as smooth as silk.

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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 1:43 pm

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 2):
I remember the movie they made based on that incident, "Miracle Landing" They used a made-up airline name "Paradise" instead of Aloha, but they used CB Lansing's name as one of the main characters in the film... What a horrible thing though.

The only name that was made-up was the airline name, forovious reasons. All of the names of the crew were real, as this was indeed a MOW based on real events. It's no different than "Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac" (which somehow did use footage of the actual plane, N62AF and the rescue by the park helicopter) or "Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232" starring Charlton Heston (which also used real news footage of the crash, and "Fire and Ice" which was movie about Delta 191, and one of the first MOW's on USA Network.
 
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 10:56 pm

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 5):
Yes she is a captain in the 700 fleet. On the flight my mom was on she was very much into 'cockpit security.' My mom said she made an announcement about passengers in 1st Class and the front of coach remaining seated when the pilots left the cockpit. Also, I have flown with her and her landing was as smooth as silk.

-Aloha!

Of course she has to be traumatized by the incident. So cool she still flies.
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 11:20 pm

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 1):
As a sidenote, Capt. Tompkins is still flying...she piloted my mom's flight from OAK-HNL on April 9th.

I believe that was one of her first flights with AQ. Not only was she their first female pilot but their first female captain. If the movie is even remotely true, the piloting she did was nothing short of amazing.
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 11:35 pm

That crew didn't just do their job according to the training they received. They went well above and beyond what should be expected of them. A case of ordinary people doing extraordinary feats of courage and skill.
What they accomplished is one of the great examples of outstanding airmanship.
 
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RE: In Memory Of Clarabelle Lansing Aloha Flight 243

Tue May 02, 2006 11:54 pm

Quoting Phllax (Reply 6):
It's no different than "Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac" (which somehow did use footage of the actual plane, N62AF and the rescue by the park helicopter)

They used footage of real Air Florida 737s, not the actual plane. Television companies / movie companies are permitted to use real brands if the film is a true event. Most tend not to so obviously. In this case, Air Florida went bankrupt the same year, so it didn't really matter.

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 7):
Of course she has to be traumatized by the incident. So cool she still flies.

I doubt she is still traumatised 18 years later!

Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):
I believe that was one of her first flights with AQ. Not only was she their first female pilot but their first female captain. If the movie is even remotely true, the piloting she did was nothing short of amazing.

Not correct. She was being considered for promotion to Captain at the time of this incident and had been with Aloha for a while. I've heard parts of the CVR and both pilots are incredibly cool, calm and collected throughout the whole thing. It's amazing!

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 1):
C.B. Lansing was one of Aloha's best flight attendants and is well remembered by her colleagues. On April 28th Aloha's flight attendant union placed Lei on the memorial for her at the Interisland Terminal Garden.

I am glad this still happens. I had heard the same thing about C.B. - both for passengers and for colleagues.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!