Celebrity Survives Jet Blue Emergency Landing

Taryn Manning was among the 145 passengers and crew on the plane en route from Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport to New York’s JFK Wednesday that were forced to make an emergency landing due to defective landing gear.

“Yesterday was a life-changing day,” Manning said in a statement released by her publicist Thursday. “The pilot is a true hero. I’m thankful to be alive.”

“You never think it is going to happen to you,” she said. “I wrote little notes to my boyfriend and to my mom and brother…I was not wanting to be writing what I was writing. Everybody was putting their IDs on them. It was scary.”

While we are thankful that Taryn, two other C-listers, and the other 142 passengers on board survived the ordeal, I still can’t understand why all the news agencies had to take the celebrity angle on this one.

Manning was not the only Hollywood type on board. Actress Joanna Going (Into the West, Inventing the Abbotts), who is the wife of Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh, and their young daughter, Stella, were also en route to Manhattan, as was One Life to Live actor Tuc Watkins. He plans to recount his harrowing experience on The View Friday.

Earlier reports claimed Manning’s Hustle costar DJ Qualls and Nip/Tuck’s Kelly Carlson (Kimber) were also passengers on the hobbled jet, but both Qualls’ publicist and reps for Carlson told E! Thursday their clients were not on board. Qualls, however, was at the airport, where he met Manning.

I’m beginning to think that the near crash was a publicity stunt set up by One Life to Live actor Tuc Watkins’ publicist.

Another photo of the terrified passengers after the jump.

Actress Says JetBlue Landing Was ‘Surreal’ [AP]
You Know It’s Hard Up There In A Plane [Defamer]

(Images Courtesy of Splash News)