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The Real Duty of A Flight Attendant
Asiana Airlines attendants are being lauded as heroes for their role in helping passengers to safety after the crash-landing of Flight 214 at San Francisco on Saturday.
Lee Yoon-hye, described by The Associated Press as the "cabin manager" who was "apparently the last person to leave the burning plane," was among those being called out for her efforts to lead fliers to safety.
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Speaking to AP, Lee described evacuation in the moments after the crash-landing, in which 305 of 307 people onboard the flight survived.
She tells the news agency that one of her colleagues carried a frightened elementary school-aged boy on her back off the plane and down the emergency exit slide.
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AP adds "Lee herself worked to put out fires and usher passengers to safety despite a broken tailbone that kept her standing throughout a news briefing with mostly South Korean reporters at a San Francisco hotel. She said she didn't know how badly she was hurt until a doctor at a San Francisco hospital later treated her."
San Francisco fire chief Joanne Hayes-White praised Lee, whom she talked to just after the evacuation, according to AP.
"She was so composed I thought she had come from the terminal," Hayes-White is quoted as saying to reporters in a clip posted to YouTube. "She wanted to make sure that everyone was off. ... She was a hero."
Passenger Eugene Anthony Rah, who was sitting in business class on Asiana Flight 214, echoed a similar theme in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
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He describes a chaotic post-landing scene, telling the newspaper he saw an attendant helping passengers to the exit slides.
"She was a hero," Rah says to the Journal. "This tiny, little girl was carrying people piggyback, running everywhere, with tears running down her face. She was crying, but she was still so calm and helping people."
In some areas of the plane, however, The New York Times reports passengers had to take the lead as attendants worked elsewhere on the aircraft.
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Benjamin Levy, who sat in seat 30K, tells the Times he helped open one of the emergency exits and helped direct as many as three-dozen fellow passengers off the plane.
"We had to help each other out," Levy tells the Times.
Regardless of how passengers exited the jet, USA TODAY says "the speed of the evacuation of Asiana Flight 214 ââ‚¬Â¦ suggested to observers a textbook example of how to get more than 300 people off a plane after a crash and before it burns."
"It's incredible to see what these flight attendants were able to accomplish ââ‚¬”