SEATTLE, Washington (KTIV) – Captain Al Haynes, who has been considered a hero for his abilities during the United Airlines Flight 232 crash, died on Sunday.
Gary Brown, Woodbury County Emergency Manager, confirmed to KTIV that Haynes died in a Seattle hospital Sunday.
In July 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 crashed at Sioux City’s Sioux Gateway Airport.
It was a rare case of complete loss of control due to tail fan failure, and destruction of all hydraulic lines. Thanks to Captain Al Haynes, and his crew, Sioux Gateway Airport had a full 30 minutes to prepare for the crash landing.
One hundred and twelve lives were lost in the crash. However, within 40 minutes, all 184 survivors had been found, triaged, and transported to local hospitals.
Funeral services for Haynes have not yet been confirmed.