Mom told me this story when I was young. The ending was very different.
It's different in her book. (BELOW)
She told me the guy said, "She always said she'd land downwind, and by golly she's gone and done it!" Thus, they thought she'd done it out of bravado instead of incompetence and she was off the hook. HEY that "done it on purpose" part is IN her book (below)!