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FAA -- Billy Wasn't Wearing a Seat Belt on Plane

6/28/2009 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Billy MaysThe FAA is already deflecting blame for the death of Billy Mays -- claiming the legendary TV pitchman wasn't wearing a seat belt when he took a shot to the head during a rough landing on a flight he was on yesterday.

Here's what we know -- Billy Mays was aboard US Airways Flight 1241 flying from Philadelphia, which landed roughly when the front tire blew out as it touched down. After the flight, Billy told FOX 13 in Tampa that something struck him in the head -- here's Billy's actual quote:

"All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."


We called the FAA for comment, and a spokesperson told us, "The passenger needs to wear a seat belt during landing and he didn't."

A spokesperson for US Airways did not want to comment until more information comes to light.

Billy posted about it last on his Twitter last night, saying, "Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing. Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air."

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Ender024    

BILLY MAYS HERE WITH OXICLEAN!!!

1906 days ago
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Cory (yes Feldman)    

How would a seat belt helped if something fell above him?

Sounds like a Subdural Hematoma.

1906 days ago
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Lynne    

..Cause, you know, seat belts keep objects from falling onto people's heads. What a bunch of douchebags!

1906 days ago
4.

DJ    

RIP buddy

1906 days ago
5.

sabrina    

BS the FAA is already trying to cover up their crap! How did they kno he was not in a seat belt out of all the passengers!

1906 days ago
6.

Melissa    

WOW!! Take some responsibility US AIR. Thats very crappy of you to say its his fault!!

1906 days ago
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Melody    

I see a lawsuit coming!!! RIP, Dude!

1906 days ago
8.

Cory (yes Feldman)    

CALLING SPIN CONTROL!

SPIN CONTROL TO THE OFFICE!!!

1906 days ago
9.

Nuts    

I heard he had his cell phone turned on too! Seat belt not buckled, cell phone on, breaking all flight laws. RIP Billy

1906 days ago
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Peterson32    

Just glad he;'s gone too bad he wasn't strangled with a ShamWow. As for most of you you are actually the kind of idiots that would celebrate or even watch infomercials?

1906 days ago
11.

Jenn    

How in the hell could wearing seatbelt prevent something from falling on his head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????? What morons!!!
RIP Billy :( All these people passing, is just so sad

1906 days ago
12.

TalonCG    

He may have thought stuff fell on his head. Without his seatbelt on HE most likely hit the ceiling when the nose gear blew the nose dropped suddenly.

Truly tragic, He was a cool guy. :-(

1906 days ago
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Leslie    

Talk about deflection... how would his seat belt have helped when heavy luggage was hitting him in the head? So because he broke a flight rule, the airline isn't responsible for his death?? Clearly they are scrambling. I hope his family gets a nice settlement and I hope other passengers get checked out!

1906 days ago
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TheMomLady    

Wearing a seatbelt and having things fall on your head are not related. The airline should have thought before making such a statement. Whether or not Mr. Mays had on a seatbelt or not has no relevance to the fact that things fells on his head. While wearing my seatbelt, on a flight, the overhead compartment opened and the crew demonstration pack hit me square on the head. It had nothing to do with whether or not I was wearing my seatbelt.

Epidural Hematoma--the "talking dead" disease. One minute the person is fine, the next they are dead. Such a tragedy1

1906 days ago
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Aubrey    

awesome Peterson32, way to be the biggest jerk ever. I'm sure people get annoyed by you sometimes too, but do you think they'll say those kinds of things when you die?

1906 days ago
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