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More ValuJet Employees Quitting After Crash

May 31, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ About 50 flight attendants have resigned from ValuJet Airlines since Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades, more than three times the average monthly turnover rate, officials said Thursday.

ValuJet records indicate 20 attendants left because of the crash, a typical number after such an accident, the airline said. Others left for unspecified or more routine reasons, spokeswoman Marcia Scott said.

The airline’ average turnover for a month is 15, Scott said.

The airline is suffering ``terrible″ morale problems among flight attendants, said Susan Clayton, president of the local chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents more than 600 ValuJet flight attendants.

Clayton couldn’t comment Thursday on specific reasons for the resignations, citing federal investigations of the airline and the May 11 crash, which killed all 110 aboard.

Several flight attendants came forward in media interviews after the crash to criticize the airline’s safety procedures.

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