Pilot who saved 184 in Sioux City crash dies at 69

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 ( ) 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.

United pilot Mike Hamilton says what happened that day has become "a case study in how a crew could work together in an emergency."