Statement of Capt. James Murphy of CanJet Flight 918

    HALIFAX, April 22 /CNW/ - Capt. James Murphy, pilot in command of CanJet
Flight 918, issued the following statement regarding the incident earlier this
week. Neither Capt. Murphy nor other members of the crew are granting
interviews to the news media at this time.
    "All of us who were on board Flight 918 a few days ago have had to live
through one of the worst nightmares of every passenger, pilot, and flight
attendant. As professionals, we are trained to deal with what happened, but
living through it is something else.
    "We are truly touched by the support and praise we've received from our
families, the passengers, and from people all over the country. The support
we've had from our employer, our colleagues, and our unions has been first
class. We know that the Canadian and Jamaican governments had a role to play
and we appreciate their efforts.
    "We've been called heroes. We certainly don't feel like heroes. We did
what we had to do and what we were trained to do. The passengers for whom we
were responsible coped so well and that should never be forgotten.
    "Since we have come back home, we've had to deal with debriefs and other
procedural matters. And we've talked among ourselves and had to relive a lot
of what happened.
    "We know people want to hear about the experience directly from us.
Someday we may feel able to talk openly about it. But right now, we need some
privacy. We ask that people respect our need to work through this in our own

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