warden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 591 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 27185 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.
Airxliban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4520 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 26309 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.
stratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1660 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 26201 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.
747WanSui From China, joined Jun 2005, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 25803 times:
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.
vgnatl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 21303 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.
BWI5OH From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 176 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 17199 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.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8510 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14338 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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: 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
: RIP Captain Fitch. My condolences are with his friends and family. GCPET
: 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
: 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
: God Bless, Denny. You were a true hero, a word that is used far too readily these days. Rest in Peace.
: 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.
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: Extremely sad, not a blip on the major media outlets. Pathetic!!!! A true hero RIP Captain Fitch!
: Wow... My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. He was a good man!
: Was front page on the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Daily Herald websites.
: 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
: RIP to a true hero, thoughts with his family and colleagues.
: 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
: I agree with you whole-heartedly and have done so. Thank you for the suggestion. I encourage other anetters to do the same.
: 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.
: The OBIT the OP linked to states that Ms. Callender was the one who broke the news to people at UA.
: 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
: 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
: 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
: Unfortunately, his best friend/business partner was also travelling with him and did not survive. And Capt. Fitch was originally seated in first clas
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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