A United Airlines pilot who helped crash land a crippled DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa and in the process saved many lives has died of cancer.
69 year-old Denny Fitch was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 232 flying from Denver to Chicago on July 19th, 1989 when the aircraft lost hydraulic power.
‘The United pilot and DC-10 instructor pulled every aeronautical trick out of the book to help the pilots get the aircraft on the ground, the (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald reported Wednesday. The crash killed 111 people but 184 survived.’
United pilot Mike Hamilton said the landing was a legend in the aviation world.
“It became a case study in how a crew could work together in an emergency,” Hamilton said.
“He had survivor’s guilt after the crash because people died,” his wife Rosa said. “It haunted him that he didn’t save everyone.”
Fitch received a commendation by then President George H.W. Bush.
More on United Flight 232 HERE
One word: HERO. RIP :(