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Pilot’s Widow Lost Brother In Previous PSA Crash

December 10, 1987 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A Pacific Southwest Airlines employee lost her pilot husband in Monday’s crash, just nine years after her flight attendant brother died in the airline’s only other disaster.

Nikki St. Germain, director of reservations for the airline in San Diego, didn’t learn of her husband’s death until hours after the accident because he was flying off-duty and listed among the passengers of Flight 1771, said her friend Deborah Roel, a PSA flight attendant.

″It’s hard to understand when something like this happens,″ said Roel, who also knew a flight attendant aboard Monday’s flight. ″A crash itself is horrible. But for her in particular, it is such a tragedy.

″How she could be touched this way twice is so unreal. All I can do for her is pray. You can’t reason through it. All she is left with is our prayers.″

St. Germain’s husband, Doug Arthur, 41, was PSA’s chief pilot at Los Angeles International Airport. He died with 42 others aboard the four-engine BAe-146 bound for San Francisco from Los Angeles, which crashed in central California.

Her brother, Don St. Germain, died in PSA’s only other fatal crash, a Sept. 25, 1978, collision of PSA Flight 182 with a small private plane over North Park in San Diego. He was working aboard the Boeing 727 and died with 143 others when the plane hit the residential area.

St. Germain and her husband lived in the Point Loma area with their two children, Lauren, 4, and Doug Jr., 7.

Roel said the couple was well-liked among PSA personnel and model parents.

″He was Mr. All-America, a real family man,″ Roel said. ″He and Nikki balanced each other perfectly. They were like the perfect couple.″

St. Germain was in Orlando, Fla., attending a management conference of USAir Group Inc., parent company of PSA, at the time of Monday’s crash.