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Al Haynes, captain of United Flight 232 dies at age 87

Al Haynes, who was the captain of United Airlines flight 232 which crash-landed at Sioux City, Iowa on July 19, 1989, died Sunday. ( More...

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joe johnson 32
"Al Haynes. Pilots mention his name with reverence." A quote from Captain Sullenberger's book Highest Duty. That's how I felt when I met Captain Haynes in 1998. He was humble and professional, and what he spoke of the most was the 112 people who didn't survive 232. I've never forgotten that.
Denny Fitch 21
Another great example of professionalism, skill, and humility. Al, my father, Bill, and Dudley saved a great many lives that day, but they never forgot the aftermath. May you find the peace you have earned, Captain, Godspeed
Chris B 17
Unforgettable event. God Speed Captain.
I didn't catch any mention of Al Haynes' passing in the media. Congrats to FlightAware for honoring this hero!
bbabis 4
Too many other more important stories of politician's lips flapping.
Matt Smith 2
NPR did a 3-4 minute piece on him earlier this week. heard it on KJZZ. don't remember any of the TV nets mentioning it.
Steven Macom 15
Ugh..sad. I met Cpt Haynes at the 25th anniversary gathering of the crash. He was very kind and incredibly humble. I introduced myself, and he straightened up a bit and asked me: 'Were you on the plane?' 'No...' I said, 'but I did ride on N1819UA a year before it crashed.' 'I see..' he said, before relaxing his posture a bit again. I watched from a respectful distance while he chatted with some of the survivors, and it seemed to me that he treated those passengers as his children. Incredible presenter, modest, quick to deflect any credit. Glad to meet one of my heros.
Roy Hunte 11
Cleared to flight level Infiniti.
Scott Campbell 10
Hat's off to you Capt. Haynes, always was soft spoken, and I believe carried a burden all his life that he couldn't save them all, I imagine like all pilots who survive a loss of life accident.

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Some of United Airlines' best pilots and a pilot for the aircraft maker, McDonnell Douglas, tried dozens of simulated landings under the same conditions and could not bring the aircraft down safely, said Phillip Battaglia, a test pilot for DC-10 manufacturer McDonnell Douglas.

'The consensus of the group was that the pilot could fly the airplane but an adequate landing could not be accomplished within the pilots' control,' said John Clark, senior performance engineer for the NTSB.

Clark said the pilots could pick touchdown position, direction or altitude but 'achieving all desired conditions at the same time were virtually impossible.'
RIP Captain. I attended a presentation you made in Birmingham AL several years after the event which was fascinating. I hope that Captain Haynes focussed in the years afterwards on the many he, and the other pilots saved and less on those who perished.
jchpa32 7
I returned home from work that day, and turning on the TV they were reporting on the crash via phone from SUX. Just minutes later, my pager for my local ambulance squad toned out an all-call for every unit in the county to respond to SUX for mutual aid. That is a 3 hour drive from Polk County (Des Moines, Iowa area)! But I went to the barn to get the truck out. About then they paged again to stand down, SUX reported all was under control.
Years later, Chuck Sundberg came to work for the private ambulance company I worked for. He was with Siouxland Health Systems at the time of the crash and was one of the first on scene. He told me how they had held a disaster drill just a month before, and practiced a plane crash at SUX.That day, because they had practiced, they were able to triage and transport all survivors within 45 minutes of the crash. Later he was asked to be one of the consultants on the movie 'A Thousand Heroes' about the crash, starring Charlston Heston, who he met personally and spoke with at length about what he saw. Then he was asked to be a part of the team asked to tour the world and give talks about how they handled the crash.
He told me that after the tour, he never flew again, and could not stand the smell of Jet A because the entire field, littered with the bodies of those who did not survive, wreaked of it. He showed me his book of photos from that day. It was one of the most sobering moments of my professional career as a medic.
Many years later, at an AOPA safety meeting in Des Moines, Captain Haynes was the featured speaker. All through his speech, it was very evident that he did not feel he was a hero, that he never forgot about those who died and that he wished nothing more than that he and his crew could have done more to save them. After his speech, I had the great honor of being able approach him and simply say how much I admired what he had done, then and since, and shook his hand
God Speed in your travel West, Captain Haynes.
RIP Sir!!!!!
Linea Edwards 6
RIP Captain. That was a miracle.
To the captain that did the impossible. Holy crap, he figured out a way to bring people home. It didn't turn out 100%, but it was a hell of a lot better than giving up. He knew how to fly the plane, and WHY the plane flew. Sadly that level of skill is probably lacking in many of today's pilots.

Fly on, Al. Many people, and their children and families owe more than they could ever pay you for your expertise that day.
bbabis 5
You were one of the greatest. Godspeed West Captain!
sparkie624 5
A very sad day... An Excellent pilot.... Cleared to Flight Level Unlimited! - RIP
william baker 2
He was an amazing pilot. He did something alot of pilots couldnt do at the time and saved so many. May he rest in peace and have blue skies from now on. Thank you for your service to the industry.
Jose Matos 5
Rest in peace, Capt. Haynes; thanks for your fearless efforts on saving the lives of 184 on UAL #232.
oh how sad..i have seen many interviews with him through the years,and also the story in a series called "why planes crash"..god rest his soul..he was a good man doing a serious job to save many lives in a very stressful situation...
patrick baker 11
the man did an aviation miracle in iowa when some of his passengers walked away. Others died in the controlled crash, regrettable but understandable. This was pilotage beyond many current cockpit guage watcher autopilot addicted flight mangagers. He had minimal directional control but did the best that was possible that day in that airplane with those conditions. Recalling the landing, it looked like the plane landed in the middle of a napalm burst. It amazes even to this day.
sharon bias 8
Remember the event clearly. He and the rest of the cockpit crew saved so many by their actions. RIP
Blue Skies, Fair Winds Captain
Paul Lucas 3
I had the PLEASURE OF MEETING Captain Al Haynes twenty years ago. Capt. Haynes was a guest speaker
at my flying club meeting. I had private chats with him and introduced him with a co chairman of
our club. We listened as Capt Al played the actual ATC tapes of Flight 232 approaching Sioux City.
Thank You to Flight Aware for allowing this post and remembering Capt. Haynes.
RIP Captain Haynes
Kikutwo 3
Fair skies Captain
Scott Haas 3
I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Captain Haynes speak then, ever so briefly, met him afterwards, in the early 90's. From just that brief encounter I obtained a deep respect for him as a person and have spoken of that moment and his words often. His hero status ascends way beyond this one fateful day in Sioux City. May he rest in peace.
Jason Bell 3
Greatest airline pilot ever. Pantheon of civil aviation. Nobody even close.

Haynes, when no other control inputs worked and the aircraft was about to flip over, throttle-steered the stricken DC-10 to level flight. He went for the throttles when nothing else worked. Phugoiding but stable. Then he called in every possible outside help to deal with the unprecedented crisis. Always super cool, 100% focus to overcome the enormity of the situation in totally uncharted territory. There was no procedure for total hydraulic failure. Haynes created the procedure, and brought in Dennis Fitch from passenger seating to work the throttles. Huge mention goes to ATC who did a remarkable job.

They came so close to nailing the landing but no way to stop even if did. Every passenger and crew who lived was mostly due to Haynes achieving the almost impossible feat of getting DC-10 to Sioux City. RIP.

From the back of the plane: we wish every pilot was Al Haynes. Most people can learn how to pilot a plane.REAL pilots know what to do when things start coming apart and he and his crew were the real deal
Smokey Slover 4
Would love to have shaken his hand. A feat not many could have accomplished. RIP Capt. You will be missed.
Having been born and raised in the Sioux City area, this story is very near and dear to me...all involved...the response by former co-worker who had the honor of driving Cpt. Haynes to the hospital in the Le Mars ambulance, and esp. Cpt. Haynes, himself, who became a local hero and who was adopted by the city as an honored citizen/dignitary of the city. No finer man ever lived.
Matt Lacey 2
He would speak to any group interested in hearing him. I got him to come speak to my aerospace engineering department my senior year. I drove him from MCI to Lawrence, introduced him to professors and student groups, and then back to the airport after the talk.

I can't remember if it was there or some other event where he said that in normal simulator training after the accident instead of saying the number of his simulated flight, he actually said, "232, going around."
Barnstorming in Heaven with Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Charles Lindberg.
Tripp Beasley 1
I got off that plane in Denver and took another flight further on down the line. The initial news wasn't very clear. All my family knew was that it was a plane flying between Chicago and Denver. They were freaked out for several hours, not knowing if we were on 232. At the time, there were four DC-10s flying that route. On our return flight, we were on a new 767 (if I remember correctly). So, we were obviously set to return on that same troubled plane. I'm sure glad I wasn't in the crash but it was quite a shake up for us.
Todd Perry 1
As a former Siouxlander, I remember this day vividly and am thankful for the lives he helped save. Rest in peace, Captain.
He was a Captains Captain. Under the most extreme circumstances he kept his cool, unitized his Human resources to the ultimate, and got the job done. I was so shocked and later so proud of all of his crew and hoped that i would have what it takes like they did.
My deep respect and wishing a well deserved R.I.P.
I think Preacher will be waiting at the gate to greet him.
Lewis Edge 1
CAVU Sir.....RIP
A Humble Hero!
Gayla Maas 1
I attended his presentation on the event a few years ago. He was a humble, and amazing pilot and gentleman
bbabis 1
A most humble man and peerless aviator, even those that did not survive his heroic efforts on Flight 232 will welcome him to his final destination. RIP to all.
WhiteKnight77 1
RIP. From what I have read, he was pretty humble about his feat. One story I read about him states that he had issues that he couldn't save everyone, but accepted it. That he was able to bring a plane down with the damage it had and still had a large number of survivors is a testament to his abilities. There wasn't anything that he could do once the plane touched the ground except hang on. That so many held him in high esteem for what he was able to do, shows that there are people who were awed by his deed.
Ejected 1
RIP Captain Al Haynes. I just happened to see a TV program about that day, 2 days ago. A true 'Miracle in Sioux City" is what that was. In that TV piece he was humble, and his primary concern was for the people who lost their lives that day. .....Respect....!!!!!
Fred Patton 0
To Captain Haynes, "PER ADUA AD ASTRA" RIP !!


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