Crash Kills Flight Attendant Trainee on First Working Flight With PM-Plane Crash, Bjt
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ A 20-year-old woman whose dream was to become a flight attendant was among the 43 people killed in the crash of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, her first working flight, her father say.
″She was just getting ready to graduate,″ Gary Gottesman said of his daughter Julie.
Just last week, Ms. Gottesman returned to her home in the Spokane Valley suburb of Veradal to prepare for her move to San Francisco, where she was to be based after completing PSA’s training program next Tuesday, said her mother, Gloria.
Flight 1771 crashed Monday night near Cayucos, Calif., on a flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco, killed the 39 passengers and four crew members, authorities said.
Ms. Gottesman had worked as a sales clerk at a downtown Spokane department store and took classes at Eastern Washington University in nearby Cheney before enrolling in flight attendant school four weeks ago in San Diego, her mother said.
″This was something she wanted to do all her life,″ Mrs. Gottesman said. ″She worked really hard to get it. She was so delighted.″
Mrs. Gottesman said she was at home with her husband and their other two daughters, Denise, 22, and Lisa, 18, when PSA officials notified them of the crash.
″We kept hoping that there was a mixup, but they said that she had checked in for the flight,″ Mrs. Gottesman said.
The PSA victims, including a customer service agent flying as a passenger, were mourned at corporate headquarters in San Diego.
Libby Fraser, a 20-year flight attendant and manager of PSA’s community relations office in Los Angeles who was sent to San Diego following the crash, said the young trainee’s only assignment probably had been to observe the flight.
″This flight was probably just a familiarization for her,″ Mrs. Fraser said.
″It’s tragic,″ she added. ″She had such a great career ahead of her.″