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STATEMENT BY USAIR CHAIRMAN

 ARLINGTON, Va., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The following message was issued at 11 a.m. EDT today, May 28, to all USAir employees by USAir Chairman, President and CEO Seth E. Schofield:
 USAir was notified on May 4 of this year by the Federal Aviation Administration that a call had been received on the FAA "Hotline" alleging that during USAir Flt. 528 from Tampa, Fla., to Philadelphia on April 21, an off-duty flight attendant was sitting in the captain's seat in the cockpit during portions of the flight.
 We began an immediate investigation and determined that the allegation was true. As a result, the captain, first officer and the off-duty flight attendant involved have been terminated. Allowing an unauthorized person to occupy a pilot's seat during flight, even though the first officer was in control of the aircraft at all times, is a violation of company policy and FAA regulations.
 Our investigation assured me that this completely inexcusable action by three employees was an isolated incident. Nevertheless this information is particularly painful for all of us who dedicate ourselves daily to ensuring a safe operating environment for our passengers and fellow employees.
 It is the responsibility of each employee to report any dangerous, unsafe or hazardous situation or condition to his or her supervisor, or, if warranted due to the urgency of the situation, to another member of management, as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
 Despite the isolated nature of this incident, I wish to reiterate emphatically that no deviations from or violations of safety rules and procedures will be tolerated. Safety always has been and always will be USAir's paramount concern.
 I want you to know that I am writing letters to each of the passengers on the flight to apologize for the incident and to report on what steps have been taken.
 I have also reported the incident and our subsequent actions to the office of the Secretary of Transportation. Similar advisories have been made to the FAA and other parties.
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 /CONTACT: USAir Corporate Communications, 703-418-5100/
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