Flight 232 Pilot Capt. Al Haynes Dies in Seattle, Bob Kerrey to Speak at Creighton University
The pilot of United Flight 232 is being remembered as a humble man who gave credit to others for helping bring the crippled airliner to the Sioux Gateway Airport.
Al Haynes died in Seattle yesterday at the age of 87 just shy of his 88 birthday.
Many in the airline industry called it a “miracle” that anyone survived.
When he talked about the crash and the response and how they got the aircraft to Sioux City he gave credit to his entire cockpit crew.
That’s the Director of Emergency Services in Woodbury County Gary Brown who assisted with the aftermath in July of 1989.
Brown became good friends with Haynes and says he didn’t like being called a hero but did consider Sioux City his second home.
He was very much part of the community. We have a ball field named after him, a street named after him. Every time he had a chance to come back and visit the community he did. And, he never visited without thanking the community for the response that day.
184 people of the 296 people on board Flight 232 survived the crash landing.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is planning an October lecture at Creighton University in Omaha despite the opposition he received in April when he'd been scheduled to deliver the commencement address.
Kerrey, also a former Nebraska governor, decided against addressing Creighton graduates and their families last spring after the Nebraska Republican Party called on the Jesuit college to take back its invitation. The GOP cited Kerrey's position in favor of the right to abortion. Kerrey stepped aside saying that he didn't want his support for abortion rights to be a distraction.