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United 232 Pilot Dennis Fitch Dies  
User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2241 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 27582 times:
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His health was failing since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in January of this year.


http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120508/news/705089775/

RIP Dennis


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User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 27586 times:

Very sad to see heroes die...


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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2520 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 26987 times:

Quoting CcrlR (Thread starter):
His health was failing since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in January of this year.

Oh man, that's too bad; he saved more lives in an hour than most firefighters will save over an entire career. I wonder what (if) UA will do to acknowledge this loss.

Very well written article/obit, BTW. We should all be as fortunate to be remembered so fondly by so many.

777fan

[Edited 2012-05-08 17:33:16]


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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3098 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 26948 times:

RIP Captain Fitch. Your heroism is burned into our memories.


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User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 26893 times:

That's a shame. I worked with his daughter at ORD that summer. Hard to believe that was 23 years ago.

User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 26668 times:

Thank you for posting this...so sad to hear about it. Learning about the events in the UA 232 incident played a large role in my developing interest in aviation when I was young, to the point where the flight crew were my childhood heroes. My deepest condolences to Captain Fitch's family, and may he rest in peace.

[Edited 2012-05-08 18:09:04]


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User currently offlinesolarflyer22 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Nov 2009, 1113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 26585 times:

Yeah, I remember him from TV and what a great guy. He literally invented a new flying technique on the fly. I hope UA does something to honor his outstanding work that day.

User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3736 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 26574 times:

He was a good pilot, he save many of lives on board that wounded DC10 in 1989, I hope he will be well spoken about at his funeral. My thought and prayer go out to his family.

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 26530 times:

My deepest condolences to Fitch's family. May he RIP.

KH



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User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25807 times:

When one contemplates the very essence of human life, Mr Finch represents the pure goodness of the human soul. May we all lean from his grace.


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User currently offlineAirxliban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4514 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25792 times:

Rest in peace, Captain Fitch. Your heroic acts 23 year ago gave 185 people a new lease on life. They would not be here were it not for the four of you in the cockpit that fateful afternoon. You are an inspiration to all of us.


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User currently offlineB727FA From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 800 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25705 times:

So sad...thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25684 times:

Quoting solarflyer22 (Reply 6):
Yeah, I remember him from TV and what a great guy. He literally invented a new flying technique on the fly. I hope UA does something to honor his outstanding work that day.

Actually he didn't that honor goes to AA Capt Bryce McCormick in Jun of 1972 who used asymetric thrust to control his DC-10 by using varying engine thrust after the bulk cargo door let go the cabin floor collapsed and took out some control cables. McCormick had practiced this in a simulator before his incident ever happened. I am sure Denny Fitch probably knew this being a DC-10 instructor..Still amazing to even pull it off. Kudos to him and prayers to the family.. However I have to put this in..Again mechanics get no glory but this man would never have been in that situation if UAL Maintenance mechanic inspectors would have caught that flaw in the C-1 disk that eventually migrated and caused it to fly apart.

[Edited 2012-05-08 21:18:16]


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12565 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25653 times:

What a nice article!

Did he go back to flying after the crash; the article suggests that he became a motivational speaker immediately afterwards.

Also, are the other pilots still alive; I know Capt. Haynes was quite close to retirement age at the time; what about FO Records and FE Dvorak?


User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 25384 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 13):
Also, are the other pilots still alive; I know Capt. Haynes was quite close to retirement age at the time; what about FO Records and FE Dvorak?

Last I heard, Captain Haynes is still with us...but I don't know about now, and I don't know about the other two. I second the question...



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 25308 times:

Wow.

Him yesterday and Arnie Scheder from Ice Pilots today. Both 69.



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User currently offline747WanSui From China, joined Jun 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 25286 times:

RIP.

It was just a few weeks ago that I saw him in the latest Mayday episode, "Impossible Landing," describing flight 232. I wonder when he was interviewed for that episode - was it after his brain cancer diagnosis? Did he get a chance to see himself in that episode while he was still alive?

With respect to the other pilots, I have not been able to find any obituaries/death records for them as of yet.



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User currently offlineflashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2903 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 25239 times:
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Capt. Al Haynes is still with us. No idea about Dvorak.

User currently offlineChicagoflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 21464 times:

United should name a 777 or 747 in his honor .

I have e-mailed United Airlines through Unitedhub.com to do just that. I urge all a.netters to do the same.

[Edited 2012-05-09 04:40:58]

User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 21077 times:

Such a hero, RIP. I met him once on a flight and he was just so humbling, listening and meeting him was an honour.

User currently offlinevgnatl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1514 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 20786 times:

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 12):
However I have to put this in..Again mechanics get no glory but this man would never have been in that situation if UAL Maintenance mechanic inspectors would have caught that flaw in the C-1 disk that eventually migrated and caused it to fly apart.

Let's try and keep this thread positive and honor the memory of a skilled aviator instead of pointing fingers.



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User currently offlinecombatshadow From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19829 times:

Wow, Arnie, Mr. Fitch and the Sukhoi Superjet and crew/pax missing... This has been quite a downer for the last 24 hours around here. My thoughts and prayers for all.

[Edited 2012-05-09 05:46:13]


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User currently offlineBWI5OH From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 16682 times:

RIP Captain Fitch. Thank you for your heroics that saved and gave 185 souls a new outlook on life and how short it can be. I too have e-mailed United and requested they do something to honor his heroism and dedication to human life and United Airlines.


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User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14115 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 13):

Well here is a 2001 commercial for United and he is part of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VywUQz-DtHs

PIA777



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13821 times:

What awful news. Capt. Fitch was a hero and a professional. My deepest sympathies for his family and friends, but also for the industry as a whole. He was an enormous asset to our profession and was highly revered. I know he'll be missed by many, regardless of whether or not they knew him personally.


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25 Yflyer : I haven't seen that episode, but it's not uncommon for documentaries to use footage of old interviews rather than doing their own. So it's possible t
26 GCPET : RIP Captain Fitch. My condolences are with his friends and family. GCPET
27 BC77008 : No mention of it on UA's intranet site. Seemingly too busy with campaign to 'save' IAH and are apparently tickled pink about being in the Fortune 100
28 tjf4375 : Really sad news, I remember him from Black Box and numerous other documentaries, he always came across as a really genuine nice guy. Thoughts are with
29 ferengi80 : God Bless, Denny. You were a true hero, a word that is used far too readily these days. Rest in Peace.
30 NDiesel : Condolences to the family - a lot of people are alive today thanks to Fitch. A true hero indeed, alongside the rest of the crew onboard UA232. R.I.P.
31 Post contains images A300 American : Extremely sad, not a blip on the major media outlets. Pathetic!!!! A true hero RIP Captain Fitch!
32 steeler83 : Wow... My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. He was a good man!
33 Chicagoflight : Was front page on the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Daily Herald websites.
34 thegoldenargosy : It's really a shame and disrespectful to his family and former coworkers that UA did not thing to mark his death. One of the FA's from UA232, Susan W
35 1stfl94 : RIP to a true hero, thoughts with his family and colleagues.
36 SkyCub : May he rest in peace. I have gone through initial inflight training at three different airlines. At all three, the story of UA232 has been discussed a
37 SkyCub : I agree with you whole-heartedly and have done so. Thank you for the suggestion. I encourage other anetters to do the same.
38 boeing772lrfan : Thank you so much for the suggestion--I have just sent them a message. Hopefully, with enough support, they will be inclined to honor him in this way.
39 BreninTW : The OBIT the OP linked to states that Ms. Callender was the one who broke the news to people at UA.
40 contrails : This is sad news. The images of UA 232 cartwheeling on the runway are etched into my memory, as I am sure they are in the memories of all those who wa
41 jetstar : I had the privilege of attending one of Capt. Fiitch’s presentations on the events of UA 232. This was at a gathering of airport operators and fligh
42 SkyCub : I wanted to add, for anyone interested, there is an excellent book I read many years ago written by one of the survivors of UA232 titled: "Chosen to L
43 747buff : Unfortunately, his best friend/business partner was also travelling with him and did not survive. And Capt. Fitch was originally seated in first clas
44 Bralo20 : It seems that the news about Capt. Dennis Fitch has also arrived the Belgian media, the story about his dead is featured in one of the newspapers. May
45 ferengi80 : Yes, he did. He was Captain on the 777 until he retired. Yes, all three are still with us. Al Haynes and Bill Records returned to flying after the ac
46 Post contains links TrijetsRMissed : I would encourage our local a.netters of the greater Chicago area to attend Denny's wake tomorrow. I certainly will. Per the OP's article: Visitation
47 geedo : We can all be thankful that this skilled and very cool under fire pilot was at the right place and time to get those people back on the ground. I reme
48 September11 : I loaned a book about United 232 from the library and read it last week. A great book with pictures taken at the crash scene as well as pictures of su
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