Immediately after the accident, a James Boyd was identified as the SIA spokesperson who told the Fox News Channel that no fatalities occurred in the crash. The airline subsequently had to revise that to state that fatalities had occurred.
John Diaz, a producer who has made more than 1,000 music videos and a passenger on the flight, was the one who pointed out the cover-up attempt and disputed the claim that there were no deaths. "There had to be fatalities," he said. Describing the crash, he said there was a loud bang. "And then there were flames just all over the place. Flames shot up right next to me and some some poor fellow not very far from me got I guess jet fuel splashed on him, because he just lit up like a torch."
William Dwan of Canyon Country called the airline's 1-800 number for information about his wife several times but that officials told him they would contact him when they knew more. "I feel very bad. I'm kind of upset," said Dwan, 45. "They should have told us something."
Briton PR Rick Clements was identified as the airline public affairs chief (last official title "Vice-President of Public Affairs", resigned Apr 2004) who said it was "a bit harsh" to say SIA had one of the world's worst safety records in recent times when the performance of its subsidiary SilkAir was also taken into account. A SilkAir flight crashed in Indonesia in 1997, killing all 104 on board.
What exactly was Forshaw doing when the heat was on in the aftermath of the SQ006 crash is unclear. But hopefully he won't take off for Australia in a jiffy like the NTUC foreign talent did, when the going gets tough.