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United Airlines passenger says people were 'praying' on flight that plunged to within 800 feet of Pacific
Southwest pilots union president says airline ‘failed to listen’ to warnings ahead of meltdown
Southwest Airlines Pilot Association President Captain Casey Murray on Thursday testified to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and pointed to leadership failures that led to an operational meltdown in December 2022.
A passenger who was traveling with this family on the United Airlines flight that came just 775 feet from crashing into the Pacific Ocean late last year says people were "praying" under their breaths during the dramatic ordeal.
Rod Williams’ comments to NBC Bay Area come as the National Transportation Safety Board announced it has opened an investigation into what happened onboard United Airlines Flight UA1722 on Dec. 18 during its trip from Kahului, Hawaii, to San Francisco.
"We’re all looking at each other, looking out the window, grabbing onto the seat, grabbing the hand of the person next to you, praying under your breath and maybe a scream here and there," Williams told NBC Bay Area.
"Very shortly into the flight itself, the pitch of the aircraft took a dramatic rise," Williams added, noting that everyone was "seconds away from not being around our loved ones."
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT PLUNGED TO WITHIN 800 FEET OF PACIFIC OCEAN AFTER TAKEOFF, DATA SHOWS