ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — The pilot who helped save 184 people during a plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa, has died at the age of 69.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/KN0tL0 ) reports that Dennis Fitch of St. Charles died Monday after suffering from brain cancer.
In July 1989, Fitch was a United pilot and flight instructor who happened to be a passenger on United Flight 232 when it lost all hydraulic power while flying from Denver to Chicago.
The DC-10 crash-landed, killing 111 people. Fitch and 184 others survived, due largely to his troubleshooting from the cockpit floor where he and the crew struggled to control the plunging jet.
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United pilot Mike Hamilton says what happened that day has become "a case study in how a crew could work together in an emergency."